THE PRIMARY SCIENCE QUALITY MARK AND OUR YOUNG AMBASSADORS SCHEME
The Primary Science Quality Mark is a programme to ‘develop and celebrate the profile of science teaching, learning and leadership in primary schools’. Schools join a local hub, and up to two science leaders from each school are then supported with professional development in the form of high-quality training and mentoring, led by experts.
There are three PSQM awards to aim for: PSQM award, Gilt award and Outreach award. All recognise the importance that subject leaders have in disseminating information from their CPD, in making sure that teachers are enthused about science and that the profile of science is maintained throughout the school.
Our Young Ambassadors scheme works in a similar way, but with children at the helm. A small group of children (typically 4 – 6) are trained over an inspiring day of fun filled experiments. Not only do they experience these practical experiments and learn the science behind them, but essentially, they also learn how to present to others.
It’s then over to them! The aim is for this core group to become science ambassadors, enthusing and informing across the wider school or even community. Assemblies, playground science busking, school fairs, entertaining parents at parents’ evenings, leading lessons for younger children; these are just a few of the ways in which these young ambassadors have spread the word! And of course, seeing their peers having so much fun and leading the way is a great way to inspire all of the children in the school.
Oh, and by the way … the children are not the only ones to learn lots and find a new lease of life. Accompanying teachers have the time of their lives too, and are awarded with a CPD certificate.
“A fun, interactive day which was enjoyed by staff and children alike.” Teacher
“Young Science Ambassadors resources and training has put a lot more focus on how the children can improve their presenting skills thus motivating and engaging children at our school…we now have a timetable organised of which classes are invited to our lunchtime ‘pop-up Labs’ for the rest of this term.” Teacher
“Today was great and I am going to help inspire other people to get into science.” Pupil
To find out how the programme meets many of the criteria for each award, visit: