Top marks for science at Wild Bank Community School

WILD Bank Community School’s teaching of science has received top marks.

The Stalybridge school is one of 230 nationally to be awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark.

Assistant headteacher Tom Bolan-Ashworth said: “The PSQM was a year-long process to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate science in our school. 

“Children were encouraged to create their own questions and work out how to carry out the investigations themselves.

“We celebrated science by holding a science week, inviting parents into school, Manchester City supported families on the importance of healthy eating and we have investigated nature in our forest school.

“The children are now enthused about science and aspire to be scientists when they grow up.”

The award was presented at Manchester University.

In September, PSQMs were awarded to 230 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.

Since its national launch in 2010, more than 3,000 schools across the UK have achieved the award.  

The PSQM scheme 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.  

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

Jane Turner, PSQM national director, said: “Gaining a PSQM 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 and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes as well as secure scientific understanding and skills. 

“Science subject leaders, their colleagues, headteachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

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