On Friday evening, the Ogden Primary Science team gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London for the ninth annual TES Awards ceremony, hosted by Julian Clary and with guest speaker Justine Greening. They were one of eight entries shortlisted for a prestigious award in the category of Science, Technology and Engineering Teacher or Team of the Year.
“Being shortlisted for a second time was a proud moment,” says Wendy Cox, National Primary Science Lead. “It was such a privilege to be surrounded by so many innovative and inspirational professionals at the awards ceremony. Even though we didn’t win, the evening was a celebration of everything we have achieved over the past year through the hard work and dedication of all those involved with the Primary Team. We look forward to achieving even greater heights next year.”
As each winner was announced, it was hard not to be moved by the collective narrative, which reflected the dedicated support schools and staff provide in their local communities, especially through such a challenging year for many.
Kirstin Greygoose, Primary Partnership Manager
The TES School Awards celebrate the extraordinary commitment, quality and innovation shown by teachers and support staff across the UK; they recognise people who are raising the standards of education and making a positive impact on the personal and academic success of students and the wider community.
Amanda Poole, Ogden Teacher Fellow at Shrublands St Primary School and also part of the primary team, was at the event representing her school which was shortlisted in the category for Collaboration.
Members of the Ogden Primary team are pictured (from left to right): Kirstin Greygoose, Jackie Flaherty, Wendy Cox, Amanda Poole and Jenny Watson. They were joined for the evening by Clare Harvey (Ogden Chief Executive), Gareth Clayton (SHINE), Lynne Gavin (Head of Pakeman Primary, SHINELab), Henry Hammond (Ogden Teacher Fellow), Carole Kenrick (Ogden Primary Consultant) and Jane Turner (PSQM).
The primary programme, under the leadership of Wendy, continues to grow, develop and progress, bringing innovation, support and resources to primary science. There are now more than 40 primary partnerships, involving over 298 schools nationally. These partnerships are central to the programme’s success, creating local supportive networks which increase the science capital of their students and the subject specific knowledge of the primary teachers. At the heart of the partnerships is a growing network of ‘Phiz Labs’ which create a dedicated science learning environment for children (and for the delivery of teacher CPD).
Primary school colleagues are so grateful for belonging to an Ogden Primary Partnership. The physical resources and the professional support with their knowledge and understanding. The integrated system of CPD training is a unique and precious gift to science coordinators.
Simon Rhodes, Hereford Primary Partnership
The team comprises a core of five teachers, led by Wendy. They share a collective interest in supporting primary schools with the physics aspect of the curriculum, and bring years of teaching and leadership experience to their collective objectives. Individually they focus on CPD, resources, the learning environment, enrichment and networks; collectively they are making physics matter in primary schools. The team is supported by a national steering committee – made-up of regional representatives – an advisory board and a science governor board.
One of the best things about our Ogden Primary Partnership is that we are always evolving - finding new ways to improve the provision of science and innovative strategies for engaging and challenging our pupils.
Celina Bennett, Leamington Spa Primary Partnership
In short, this partnership programme and the team’s creativity, hard work and ingenuity have marked a step change in the teaching of science. The investment is not only transforming the understanding of science for a generation, but ensuring that teachers are equipped for a lifetime. I cannot commend the efforts and achievements of the Ogden Partnership Programme enough.
John Sanderson, Headteacher, Chipping Campden School, Chipping Campden Primary Partnership