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School partnership: East Herefordshire

"Working with The Ogden Trust has opened up a rich new world of opportunities, resources, ideas, contacts and inspiration." 

Published: 21 August 2023

For the past 6 years, Anna Perry, teacher and science lead at Ledbury Primary School, has been the hub leader for the Ogden East Herefordshire Partnership. The partnership grew from an existing collaboration between 10 schools working together on sharing good practice in English and maths, and science seemed like the next logical step. With the support of the Trust, they became a fully-fledged Ogden partnership. Anna explains more about her experience as a science lead, and a partnership lead, and gives us an insight into her professional development along the way.

Leading science for success

Our schools are geographically spread across Herefordshire and share a similar ethos and motivation to drive and develop science. During our time together we have worked on many collaborative projects such as training science ambassadors, rocket building workshops, whole partnership CPD evenings, science fairs, a visit from the Keele University Stardome and even a particle physics workshops run by Dr Maria Pavlidou from the School of Physics and Astronomy at University of Birmingham.

two felt 'particles', two sheets of paper with drawings of neutrons, some coloured pencils.

Particle physics workshop

We are now a legacy partnership having reached the end of our main five year funding period. Our aim now with our legacy funding is to maintain our partnership by working on the same projects but within our individual schools and then sharing feedback. Heading into the next academic year we are planning to launch a homework challenge. To develop knowledge of famous scientists pupils will have a research project to complete over holiday periods. Inspired by the Limit Less and inclusive teaching campaign, presented by Carole Kenrick at the recent Ogden conference, we hope to identify scientists who are from underrepresented groups, and want to address the misconceptions and stereotypes around people who work in science professions.

“Working with The Ogden Trust has opened up a rich new world of opportunities, resources, ideas, contacts and inspiration.”

PSQM and Ofsted deep dives

Over the past nine years, with the support of the amazing team at my school, I have also undertaken three rounds of the PSQM, achieving two silver awards and most recently the Gilt Outreach award. My work with the Ogden Trust and with our local science network has been instrumental in us achieving the Outreach award.  Working with The Ogden Trust has opened up a rich new world of opportunities, resources, ideas, contacts and inspiration.  Working towards the PSQM awards has given me a deep and clear understanding of science in my school and how to develop it further.

We recently had an Ofsted inspection and science was selected for a deep dive. Deep dives are something we had talked about as a partnership frequently and with some trepidation, in terms of how to prepare and what to expect. Going into a deep dive with my experience of working as part of an Ogden partnership and completing the PSQM gave me confidence and plenty to share. In particular, the focus of the PSQM is on evaluating current provision for science and putting in place a development cycle that leads to sustained progress in science across the school.  This is quite an intensive, reflective process with an emphasis on strong and positive impact and as a result helped to equip me to negotiate a deep dive easily.

The Ofsted inspectors commented that:

  • science was as strong as they’d ever seen it
  • principles and pedagogy was impressive
  • the science at our school was beyond the breadth required
  • there was sophisticated evidence to show science is well led with a strong oversight

“I am very proud to be hub leader of the East Herefordshire Partnership and I understand the importance of my role in ensuring all of the schools in our partnership work together towards the shared goal of improving the teaching of science (with an emphasis on the physics topics) and developing the cultural and science capital of our children and families. To anyone thinking about leading a partnership I would say go for it! Being part of a partnership has provided invaluable support and CPD. It has connected our schools so that we can share good practice, ideas, resources and opportunities. It has, without a doubt, enhanced and improved the teaching of physics-based science in all of the schools involved. It is very intellectually stimulating and practically beneficial to be part of a school partnership and the Ogden Trust as a whole.”
Anna Perry

Thoughts from a headteacher

“Anna has been actively engaged with the Ogden Trust for many years and this has afforded opportunities for many children across the partnership to benefit from additional scientific resources and experiences we would not have been able to provide.”

“As a head teacher, you hope you will lead a team of a passionate staff who want to make a positive difference to the lives of children – in Anna Perry I found the best subject leader.

“Anna is not only an excellent teacher, but she has the drive to share her enthusiasm for teaching science across not only our school, but a network of schools. Anna has been actively engaged with the Ogden Trust for many years and this has afforded opportunities for many children across the partnership to benefit from additional scientific resources and experiences we would not have been able to provide.

“The confidence Anna grew from this initial work, led to her studying for the PQSM and Ledbury Primary School (LPS) has worked through each of the levels over many years. With each award, the school has benefited from growing science as a subject and equipping staff with a secure knowledge base around the teaching and learning of science.

“LPS received the Ofsted call in June 2023 and I immediately knew that science would be one of the subjects we could celebrate. The Ofsted inspectors were incredibly impressed with Anna’s PSQM portfolio, her extensive knowledge and leadership of science.

“I know Anna will continue to grow future scientists in our school, because she is driven to make a positive difference supported by the work of the Ogden Trust and PSQM.”


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