Primary Science Quality Mark in Science

Eltham College is extremely proud to have been recently awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark (Gilt Standard) for the Junior School’s work in Science.

This year long programme involved reflecting on, and engaging in, outstanding Science practice and our thanks to Mrs Goakes, who led on the project, collating portfolios and building evidence banks, and all the teachers who teach Science in the Junior School.

Over 400 Primary Science Quality Marks have been awarded to infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools in September to celebrate their commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.  So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 5000 schools across the UK have achieved a prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark.

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

The Gilt level is particularly challenging to achieve and is testament to how the profile of Science has grown over the past few years.

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 and climate change crisis have made everyone aware of the importance of science in our world.  Primary schools have an important role to ensure that children understand how science works and keeps us and our planet healthy and safe. Schools that have achieved a Primary Science Quality Mark have demonstrated a significant commitment to science teaching and learning. 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.”

PSQM GILT notification – Eltham College Junior School