The Primary Science Teacher Awards (PSTAs) are sponsored by the PSTT. They recognise teachers that are doing incredible work, raising standards, excelling in tough conditions and going above and beyond in their teaching. This year, The Ogden Trust endorsed an award for Claire Loizos from Broadlea Primary School, Sandown in the Isle of Wight.
Having started a career teaching science in secondary schools, Claire’s passionate approach to the teaching has inspired the children at Broadlea. Although she has only been at the school for a short time, she has already transformed its provision. From the outset, Claire revised the curriculum for the whole school, working with her colleagues to ensure exciting learning opportunities have been embedded for all classes. “Claire is such a deserving recipient of this award,” says Wendy Cox. Head of School Partnerships at the Trust. “We were delighted to endorse her and look forward to working with her in the future.”
“When Sue Martin from PSTT visited the school to see Claire at work, she noted that Claire’s Year 6 class demonstrated that they were used to facing challenging questions and were expected to think, modify their ideas and plan for themselves,” says Wendy. “Claire’s balance of whole-class input, individual attention and peer support led to effective discussions, and the execution of meaningful investigations. The children were extremely articulate, with an excellent grasp of scientific vocabulary which enabled them to express their ideas clearly.”
“Watching Claire at work showed that she has high expectations of the children and it was clear that they were not only fascinated by the lesson and their discoveries but were also keen to demonstrate their learning.”
“Claire is an extremely reflective practitioner and has worked alongside each member of staff at Broadlea to develop the science curriculum,” continues Wendy. “We are delighted that Claire has agreed to lead an Ogden primary partnership in the Isle of Wight. In just over a year at Broadlea, she has organised three science weeks, set up a well-attended STEM Club and significantly raised pupil aspirations. She is active within a PSTT cluster on the island, has delivered science CPD and written STEM resources. This is a fantastic foundation for our first Ogden partnership on the island. Claire will be able to share her enthusiasm and expertise to other schools in the partnership and across the Ogden network.”
“I am hugely proud to have received this award endorsed by The Ogden Trust and I am excited of the opportunities it is already bringing. Currently, I am in the process of establishing a cross-phase physics partnership in my local area and hope to use this to raise the profile of physics and the aspirations of children, particularly young girls, on the Isle of Wight. My passion is space, and with the island particularly well situated for stargazing, my plan is to work with current A-level and GCSE students to establish an Island Space Camp, which will inspire and engage children through their fascination with Space.
Claire has now been inducted into the Primary Science Teacher College as a College Fellow and has access to many benefits including funding in excess of £500,000 to help shape primary science for the better.