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the mid ulster primary partnership for education and teaching science cluster

A PSTT Cluster Network in Northern Ireland.


The original five schools have a supportive and proactive history. Through the Programme the group have included four additional schools to form a PSTT Cluster. Building upon past successes and encompassing new ideas, the new group will support one another to future success in the develop of science in their area and beyond.

Cluster Lead: Lesley Hunter


The nine, current, participating schools are listed below. Please complete the Contact Us form if you wish to discuss any potential involvement with this Cluster.

St Columba’s Primary School

2 Duncastle Road, Newbuildings, Derry

Anahorish Primary School

120 Deerpark Rd, Toomebridge, Antrim BT41 3SS

Moneymore Primary School and Nursery Unit

15 Northland Dr, Moneymore, Magherafelt BT45 7QT

Churchtown Primary School

36 Muff Rd, Cookstown BT80 9XA

Gaelscoil na Speirini

82 Sixtowns Rd, Draperstown, Magherafelt BT45 7BB

Kilronan School

46 Ballyronan Rd, Magherafelt BT45 6EN

Sperrinview Special School

8 Coalisland Rd, Dungannon BT71 6FA

Knockloughrim Primary School

337 Hillhead Rd, Knockcloghrim, Magherafelt BT45 8QT

Castledawson Primary School

72 Main Street, Magherafelt, Londonderry, BT45 8AB


Our Vision:

The group had several ideas but on discussion it was decided that, to start with, we will focus on:

Providing and promoting science based intergenerational and community activities which would provide cross curricular links in topic work.

Teachers would have suitable CPD to improve skills and confidence relevant to the NI curriculum

Prepared resources and ideas would be disseminated to less confident colleagues.


Improve teaching colleagues’ skills and confidence in science

Increase pupils’ enthusiasm and engagement in science

Improve science capital for all stakeholders

Link science learning to contemporary issues

Improve home/school links and build a supportive community

Our Aims:

Teachers have expressed a need to fully understand what enquiry-based learning looks like in the classroom and how it fits with current curriculum directives. This would be addressed with suitable CPD using PSTT resources as and when appropriate.

Many parents have science related jobs and we hope to utilise these people, by inviting them into schools and to then highlight classroom activities related to their field of expertise

Community groups made up of retired people have already been approached to share their knowledge and practical skills in a classroom situation and we will roll this out further.



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