Seaside science

10 October 2019

In 2018, The Ogden Trust endorsed a Primary Science Teacher Award for Claire Loizos from Broadlea Primary School, Sandown in the Isle of Wight, recognising her inspirational teaching.

When Claire joined Broadlea in 2016, she had an immediate impact – revising the science curriculum for the whole school and working with her colleagues to ensure exciting learning opportunities were embedded for all classes. Now, Claire is leading the Ogden Isle of Wight Primary Partnership.

We asked Claire, about her involvement with the Trust and leading the Isle of Wight Partnership.

Where do I start? Firstly, and I think most importantly, The Ogden Trust is like a big extended family. There is always someone at the end of the phone, or on email, and everyone is so warm and welcoming – it helps to make you feel valued, supported and, in turn, encourages you to make a real difference.

Since my involvement with the Trust in July 2018, I have felt that I have a real support network, and people who are confident in my skills and ideas. This has made me feel much more confident in the role of driving physics forward, particularly on the tough, busy days.

Working with schools in the Isle of Wight I have found that not all schools have had confident science leaders, some haven’t even had a designated science leader, so the levels of support they have wanted has varied. But with my support and in turn the support from The Ogden Trust, we have more schools wanting to be a part of our school partnership and the profile of physics is definitely being raised!

The schools directly within our Isle of Wight Partnership have benefitted from the ongoing support, Phizzi CPD and meetings. However, I have noticed that each school is starting to take ownership and lead their own ideas – working with their own local schools to involve them in wider initiatives, such as our Dark Skies Carnival.

The partnership funding and meeting time means that as a group, we have specific time to explore and develop our ideas, something that it would be really hard to plan for without that support. Having time as a partnership makes us all feel important and valued, and helps us recognise that the work we are doing is impactful – it has also helped us to develop our identity as a group.

As a partnership, we have been able to take part in the Phizzi electricity training, which has enhanced our resources and our expertise. The Phizzi electricity boxes have proved hugely successful across all year groups in our school, who have used them to develop problem-solving skills and scientific enquiry. The boxes enable us to run lessons with ease, with access to the detailed lesson plans and the resources ready in a matter of minutes. We can’t wait to complete our forces training this year.

Since starting a partnership in September 2018, we have worked with over 24 schools, supporting them to run Space Camps, Physics Clubs and the First Lego League: Mission Moon. Quite a few of our schools have achieved Bronze, Silver and Gold Space Marks this year; we would like to support others to achieve this too, so we will be continuing with Space Camps and Space Weeks in all schools in 2019/20. We will also continue to develop our Physics Club Kits, with the hope we can get six half terms worth of boxes together which we will rotate across the schools. We also want to develop science capital and understand how to increase the science capital in our children, families and communities, so we will be working on better understanding this over this current academic year.

Applications are now open for Ogden School Partnerships 2020 find out more.

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