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Primary Science Enhancement Award for ITE


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

The PSTT has developed a Primary Science Enhancement Award (PSEA) scheme for Initial Teacher Education (ITE). The PSEA scheme enables trainee teachers to increase their experience and understanding of teaching and learning in primary science. The scheme draws on rationales, processes and resources developed by the Primary Science Teaching Trust, the Primary Science Quality Mark, and by Stranmillis College, Belfast. It supports the trainee teacher to undertake additional activity and development in primary science during their ITE phase. The scheme has undergone an initial pilot over the academic year 2020/21 but due to the disruption caused by the pandemic, a second, larger pilot is taking place over the academic year 2021/22. From the academic year 2022/23, the scheme will be open to all trainee teachers whose ITE provider has registered for their organisation to take part.

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 trainee 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

For further details please download the PSEA information flyer here.

The scheme is supported by the Association for Science Education, the Primary Science Quality Mark and The Ogden Trust.

Watch the following videos to hear student teachers talk about their experience of taking part in the PSEA scheme:


Student Reflection - Kayleigh

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



Student Reflection - Melissa

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



Doing the PSEA inspired me to think more deeply about how and why science lessons are taught the way they are and how they can be changed to increase pupil participation.

Student teacher, Somerset SCITT

Taking part in the PSEA for ITE scheme next academic year 2022/23

We are now making this scheme available for any Initial Teacher Education provider across the UK. If you are a TUTOR at an initial teacher education provider and would like to take part in the scheme from September 2022, please register interest by completing the form below by 25th May 2022 at the latest.

Please note:

  • All tutors who register interest through this form will be invited to an online information meeting (two date options: Tuesday 7th June 2022 at 10.00 am and repeated on Monday 13th June 2022 at 4.30 pm)
  • Attendance at this meeting is compulsory for any tutor who wants to start the scheme this academic year
  • Following the information meeting, all tutors wanting to go ahead with the scheme must confirm by 15th July 2022
  • All tutors who have confirmed will be invited to an online 'getting started' meeting in September 2022 - dates to be confirmed but there will be two options. Again this meeting will be compulsory


If you are a student and are interested in taking part, please do not complete the form below as it is only for tutors. Instead please let your tutor know about the scheme, and if they are willing for the organisation to take part, they must then complete the form themselves.



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