Macosquin Primary School is one of only two primary schools in Northern Ireland to achieve a prestigious ‘Gold’ award in the ‘Primary Science Quality Mark’ (PSQM).
The PSQM awards scheme develops and celebrates the quality of science teaching and learning in primary schools.
By obtaining a gold award, the Coleraine school have demonstrated a great commitment in science teaching and learning.
The ‘Primary Science Quality Mark’ is a joint project led by the University of Hertfordshire, in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the network of Science Learning Centres, the Association for Science Education and the Wellcome Trust.
James Turner, National Director of the PSQM programme, said, “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school.
“The standard of the submissions has been extremely high and their content is quite breath-taking.
“Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”
There was special praise for Macosquin teacher, Miss Stevenson, who as Science Co-ordinator, led the school in pursuit of the gold standard quality mark.
And Miss Stevenson herself gained an award.
She has been named ‘Primary Science Teacher of the Year’.
In so doing, Miss Stevenson has accepted the coveted offer from the Primary Science Trust to become a Fellow of the Primary Science Trust in the UK. The award includes a cash prize of £1000 for the purchase of additional science resources for school.
As well as being the curriculum leader in the area of World Around Us, Miss Stevenson is also responsible for Science Challenge After-School Club and Gardening Club at Macosquin PS.
The school participates in a community allotment project, growing vegetables as part of the ‘Incredible Edible’ scheme. Pupils have also had the chance to expand their scientific experiences during National Science and Engineering Week each year, where pupils from Coleraine High School and Dalriada School act as student mentors.
Mr Jeremy Farrell, Headmaster, congratulated Miss Stevenson on her dedication, commitment and leadership.
He said: “Staff and pupils have benefited enormously from her enthusiasm and leadership.
“The Award is further evidence of the school’s commitment to ensure excellence in science teaching and learning throughout the school.”