The Gordon Children’s Academy Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark
The Gordon Children’s Academy has been awarded a Primary Science Quality Mark to celebrate its commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.
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 teaching and leadership.
Gordon Children’s Academy has focused resources on building the subject knowledge of staff through its online continuing professional development system, to ensure that pupils are receiving the best possible education and a strong grounding in science. The school has also introduced a number of science focused initiatives, such as World Space Week, British Science Week and the Great Science Share, to build the science capital of the pupils both inside and outside the classroom, beyond science lessons. The PSQM moderators also noted the positive atmosphere surrounding both the teaching and learning of science in the school.
The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.
Jody Murphy, Executive Headteacher of The Gordon Children’s Academy, said:
“It is real testament to the excellence of our Science teaching that we have been awarded this mark, which is a true stamp of approval. As a school we pride ourselves on providing our students with the best possible education across all subjects, and Science is no exception – we are thrilled that our efforts have been recognised.”
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 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.”