October 2, 2019
Norton Primary Academy, sponsored by Northern Education Trust, is proud to announce that it has been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark.
Primary Science Quality Marks (PSQM) have been awarded to 200 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning. So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 3,500 schools across the UK have achieved the PSQM, and Norton Primary Academy has joined these prestigious ranks.
The PSQM programme ensures effective leadership of science, enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning. Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science teaching and leadership.
The PSQM is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education, in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.
Commenting during the assessment for the award at Norton Primary Academy, the reviewer said: “The range of activities, fabulous displays shown in the Academy’s portfolio and enrichment sessions on the calendar that have been introduced, alongside the stepping up of using Target Tracker, have raised the profile of science and the importance and value of it. It is real progress that the children are engaged in enquiry-led learning as a result of all the hard work. The Academy has done an amazing job to engage both staff and pupils and raise the profile and engagement with science over the year. The science at Norton Primary looks fun, practical and exciting!”
Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Mark is a significant achievement for a school. The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in an outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”