Oasis Academy Ryelands in Croydon is one of 200 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to receive a Primary Science Quality Mark to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning. So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 3500 schools across the UK have achieved a prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark.
The Primary School Quality Mark programme ensures effective leadership of science, and 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.
To receive the award, the Academy had to raise the profile of science across the school. The profile of science has increased significantly over this academic year with the PSQM. We focused on developing our science curriculum, raising the profile of Science, making science more practical and hands on and developing the subject knowledge of both the teachers and support staff. With the help and structure of the PSQM, we have managed to achieve this. There is a buzz of excitement when science comes up in conversations with students as well as staff.
Commenting on the award, Glenn Lillo, Principal of Oasis Academy Ryelands, says; “At the Academy we are passionate about providing our young people with fantastic opportunities to follow their passion and to make great progress.”
“So many of our pupils really enjoy science, and exploring the world around them. We are proud to receive a Primary Science Quality Mark which reflects our commitment to excellence in this subject. Many thanks to Miss Varu who leads our Science provision for the children.”
“This would have not been possible without the enthusiasm of staff and willingness to adapt to new approaches and carry the vision forward. It has been amazing to see the profile of science raised and to hear children aspiring to STEM careers as result of their experiences from the early years upwards” – Miss Varu
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.”
The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.