Last week, the shortlist for the TES Schools Awards 2017 was announced, and for the second consecutive year, the Ogden Primary Science Team has been shortlisted.
The awards, now in their ninth year, recognise the outstanding contribution to education made by teams and individuals both inside and outside schools. Last year, the Ogden Primary Team was Highly Commended: “we felt compelled to enter again this year,” says National Ogden Primary Lead, Wendy Cox.
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 40 Primary Partnerships, involving 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, Head Teacher, Chipping Campden School, Chipping Campden Primary Partnership
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony and dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London, on the evening of Friday 23 June.