Last week, two Ogden Teacher Fellows were recognised by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) with a Primary Science Teacher Award (PSTA). Jane Catto, Briar Hill Infant School, (Leamington Spa Primary Partnership) and Emma Muntoni (below left), Our Lady of the Assumption RC Primary School, (Coventry Primary Partnership) received their awards at the PSTT’s Annual College Conference on 10 October.
The teachers were nominated for these awards in 2016: Jane was endorsed by The Ogden Trust and Emma, by The Royal Society of Chemistry. In their endorsement for Jane, the PSTT noted that she was an “inspired choice” to replace a retiring science subject leader and to take the school through the PSQM process; they commented on the free-play area that Jane had set-up as a science space – “The area was not only inviting, but epitomises Jane’s ethos of engaging children as scientists from a very early age and encouraging child-led questioning and exploration.”
Emma’s endorsement from The Royal Society of Chemistry noted that although she was relatively new to teaching, she “confidently and systematically set about transforming the teaching and learning of science” at her school. They concluded that: “Emma is an inspirational teacher who has raised the profile of science and the scientific aspirations of her pupils and fully deserves to be recognised as a PSTA winner.”
Teachers that are doing incredible work, raising standards, excelling in tough conditions and going above and beyond deserve to be celebrated. The Primary Science Teacher Awards do just that - celebrate, reward and provide a plethora of opportunity for these deserving teachers.
Through their work as Ogden Teacher Fellows and Primary Partnership Co-ordinators – and thanks to their own enthusiasm, expertise and hard work – Jane and Emma have been successfully helping to raise the profile of science.
They have provided innovative and creative science teaching; inspired colleagues and contributed to developing science in their school and beyond; and they have engaged pupils in the excitement and fascination of science.
“Being part of an Ogden Partnership I have been inspired by a wealth of opportunities, ideas and excitement,” explains Jane, pictured right. “My confidence has grown and I now love to share my enthusiasm for primary science – being a Teacher Fellow gives me the time to reach out to other schools. This is incredibly rewarding.
“Receiving this Primary Science Teacher Award has been such a fantastic surprise – I will continue to meet even more science-mad teachers through the Primary Science Teacher College and can’t wait to develop new ideas and initiatives,” concludes Jane.
"Firstly, and most importantly,” adds Emma, “I must begin by saying that I would not be receiving this award without The Ogden Trust; the support and opportunities that they have given our school and community is a true gift. The opportunities with CPD; improving the teaching and learning in countless classrooms; the enrichment opportunities that we can provide for our children that we would never be able to do without that funding, and many more. For that, I am utterly grateful to The Ogden Trust. To be recognised for the hard work that I put in to making it work, is truly humbling. Now on to even more bigger and better things!”
Jane and Emma have now been inducted into the PSTT’s Primary Science Teacher College as College Fellows where they will have access to many benefits including a funding pot in excess of £500,000; Fellows can apply to this fund for grants to support projects which will help shape primary science for the better.
Find out more about the awards and the PSTT at https://pstt.org.uk/what-we-do/primary-science-teacher-awards