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Aberdeen primary schools first in Scotland to achieve top science mark

13/11/12

The first schools in Scotland to achieve a Primary Science Quality MarkTM (PSQM) in recognition of high standards of science education within their schools are 13 schools in Aberdeen.

The awards were presented by Professor Sue Black OBE, President of ASE Scotland (Association for Science Education), who is a forensic anthropologist renowned for her work on human identification.

BP generously sponsored the 13 schools to enable them to develop their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education with schools deciding to work towards Bronze, Silver or Gold level.

Riverbank Primary gained a Gold Award, for its success in getting the local community involved in their science education.

Middleton Park, Manor Park, Kittybrewster, Danestone and Charleston all gained Silver Awards, for their 'whole school' approach to science.

Bramble Brae, Cults, Dyce, Fernielea, Hazlehead, St. Peter's and Tullos schools gained Bronze Awards, for their success in individual classroom science activities which led to ripple effects across their schools.

While working towards the awards, schools had to self assess their current science provision and what level (Bronze, Silver or Gold) they felt they were currently at, write an action plan on how to achieve the level they were aiming for then work on achieving this level.

As well as developing exciting, active science lessons, pupils had opportunities to learn about science out with the classroom by participating in National Science and Engineering Week and TechFest. They also enjoyed visits from S6 Science Ambassadors, who helped the younger pupils with science lessons.

Aberdeen's Convener of Education, Culture and Sport Committee Jenny Laing said: "We are thrilled that the hard work shown by pupils and staff has paid huge dividends with 13 of our schools being the first in Scotland to receive this award."

Lynne Staples-Scott, corporate responsibility manager for BP said: "Enhancing the way in which primary science is taught in schools is absolutely crucial if we are to inspire the next generation of scientists who are so vital for the future success of Scotland.

Acting Director of Education, Culture and Sport David Leng added: "Thanks to the generous support of BP our pupils have been given a fantastic opportunity to further develop their interest in science which could ultimately lead some of them to consider science-related careers. This is significant in Aberdeen as the oil and gas industries forecast a possible shortfall in suitably qualified workforce in the years to come if not enough young people take up science."

"BP has been delighted to support the introduction of the PSQM into Aberdeen City schools and these awards are a real and tangible recognition of the quality of science teaching here in the North-east".