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Local Primary School Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark

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  • 6th Jan 2022 10:42

Local Primary School Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark

Local Primary School Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark

 Briar Hill Primary School Receives accolade for its commitment to excellence in science teaching


Briar Hill Primary School in Northampton, part of the David Ross Education Trust, has been awarded the prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark. The local primary school is one of 334 recipients among junior, primary, middle and special schools. The PSQM celebrates stand-out schools’ commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.  So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 4000 schools across the UK have achieved a prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark.  


The Primary School Quality Mark 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 leadership, teaching and learning. 


The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. 


Janey Cooksley, Headteacher of Briar Hill Primary School, said: 

“We are delighted to have received the Primary Science Quality Mark, which is a testament to the hard work we at Briar Hill have put into ensuring our pupils have access to a world-class education and that they are prepared from a young age for the rigour of science exams and higher education, if that is the route they should choose. Thank you for everyone at the PSQM team who gave us this award, and we look forward to continuing to improve our science offer in the future!”


Associate Professor Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: 

“There was never a more important time for primary children to have a high-quality science education. The Coronavirus Pandemic has made everyone aware of the impact of science on our daily lives.  Primary schools have an important role to ensure that children understand how science works and keeps us healthy and safe. Schools that have achieved a Primary Science Quality Mark have demonstrated a significant commitment to science teaching and learning, even at this challenging time for schools.  The profile and quality of science in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and 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.”