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Support for Initial Teacher Education

PSTT has developed the Primary Science Enhancement Award (PSEA) scheme for Initial Teacher Education (ITE).

The PSEA scheme enables student teachers to increase their experience and understanding of teaching and learning in primary science.

Aims of the scheme

For Initial Teacher Education providers:

To have access to a scheme to enhance their support for trainee teachers in science. To stay up to date with primary science education developments through engaging with PSTT and their wider collaborators

For student teachers:

To start their careers with increased competence and confidence to teach science. To be confident to take up a position of school leadership in science. The scheme is supported by the Association for Science Education, the Primary Science Quality Mark and the Ogden Trust.

For further information, please download the following one-page summary:

PSTT Primary Science Enhancement Award for ITE

Key dates to note for 2024/25

Introductory meetings – choice of two dates with attendance at one being compulsory. We will be introducing the new electronic system at these meetings.

  • Wednesday 18 September 2024,  5:00 – 6:30pm
  • Monday 23 September 2024,  4:00 – 5:30pm

Portfolio standardisation meetings – choice of three dates with attendance at one being compulsory

  • Monday 18 November 2024, 4:00 – 5:30pm
  • Wednesday 20 November 2024, 5:00 – 6:30pm
  • Monday 2 December 2024, 4:30 – 6:00pm

If you are interested in finding out more about how your student teachers can take part in this scheme for 2024/25, please send an email to info@pstt.org.uk

If you are a student interested in taking part in this scheme, we ask that you discuss it with a science tutor at your ITE institution. Please share the information on this page with them so they can contact us to join the scheme.

Kayleigh's reflection

Hear student teachers share their experience of taking part in the PSEA scheme

Kayleigh, a student teacher from Plymouth Marjon University, shares her experience of the Primary Science Enhancement Award scheme for Initial Teacher Education.

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Melissa's reflection

Hear student teachers share their experience of taking part in the PSEA scheme

Melissa, a student teacher from Plymouth Marjon University, shares her experience of the Primary Science Enhancement Award scheme for Initial Teacher Education.

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I have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of taking part in the PSTT PSEA. I believe that I now have a better repertoire of activities, approaches, resources and scientific understanding to feed into my future practice, and I look forward to being able to use these with a class of my own.

Student teacher, University of Hertfordshire

ITE providers supporting the PSEA scheme