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The Blackburn and darwen Cluster

A PSTT Cluster Network in Blackburn and Darwen, Lancashire

OVERVIEW

Formed by the PSTT Northwest Area Mentor with a group of schools that originated from an active Ogden Trust Partnership, the Blackburn and Darwen Cluster is made up of 4 members with 2 more pending. Through needs and strength analysis, CPD, and a distributive leadership style, the Cluster aims to build upon its Science Capital theme and raise the profile of science in the area, develop parental involvement and engage children in meaningful science experiences.

Cluster Lead: Michele Grimshaw

SCHOOLS

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Cluster schools:

Griffin Park Primary School
Cavendish Place
Blackburn
Lancashire
BB2 2PN

St Francis C of E Primary School
Cherry Tree Lane
Cherry Tree
Blackburn
BB2 5NX

Longshaw Community Infant School
Crosby Road
Blackburn
Lancashire
BB2 3NF

Longshaw Community Junior School
Park Lee Road
Blackburn
Lancashire
BB2 3NX

Pending:
Shadsworth Infant School
Rothesay Road
Blackburn
Lancashire
BB1 2EL

Shadsworth Junior School
Arran Avenue
Blackburn
Lancashire
BB1 2ET

VISION

The Vision and Aims

  • To improve the teaching and learning of science in the cluster schools and beyond.
  • To develop teacher confidence in delivering the science curriculum.
  • To improve the status of science in the Blackburn and Darwen area.
  • To engage pupils with meaningful science experiences that will impact on their life chances.
  • Develop Science Capital across the schools with children and adults

We aim to achieve these through

  • Improved teacher knowledge and confidence which will impact on the teaching and learning experience for pupils.
  • Pupils’ perception of science to be developed. This will impact on the number of pupils regarding science as a possible career.
  • Involving families with science education in the cluster schools. This will improve the science capital with families many of whom experience extreme deprivation in all areas of their lives.
  • Developing excellent, inspiring science teaching.
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