EEF fully – funded trial of Primary Science Quality Mark –  a leading school improvement programme for primary science

The Primary Science Quality Mark is a highly regarded, comprehensive professional development programme that gives primary science subject leaders the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to improve the quality and profile of science education across the entire school.

Science subject leaders who successfully complete the programme receive recognition for their school through the accreditation of a highly-regarded Primary Science Quality Mark.

The Educational Endowment Foundation is funding an independent evaluation of the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) in selected regions across England, including the Suffolk/Essex border area. It is a fantastic opportunity for schools to be part of one of the largest funded research projects about primary science ever run in England and to take part in the PSQM professional learning programme without paying the usual fee.

Usual cost of PSQM one-year CPD programme and accreditation: £95. No charge for schools in EEF trial of PSQM 2024.

What will taking part in the EEF trial of PSQM mean for your school?

  • Great training for your subject leader whatever their level of experience.
  • Improvements to science curriculum and teaching whatever your school context.
  • The opportunity to take part in the largest ever EEF evaluation of a primary education initiative and to shape future understanding of what works for whole-school improvement in science teaching and learning.

The evaluation is a random control trial to evaluate the impact of PSQM on pupils’ science attainment and science attitudes. Half of the schools in the trial will take part in PSQM beginning September 2024. The other half will receive a £1000 thank you payment which they can use to take part in PSQM in 2026.

To find out more, check the eligibility criteria and register your interest please visit the PSQM EEF Trial 2024 information page on the University of Hertfordshire website.

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(Places are filling fast so we advise you to register as soon as possible.)

To ask any questions and register to take part in a short webinar to find out more, please email Suffolk PSQM leader Claire Seeley [email protected].