The Bridge Education Centre is recognised for excellence in science teaching

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The Bridge Education Centre has today been awarded the prestigious Gold Science Mark, in recognition of the excellent work undertaken by our science department.

Science Mark was created by STEM Learning to recognise and celebrate best practice in science departments across the UK. Schools and colleges receive the Science Mark when they can show that they are delivering inspiring lessons for students and demonstrate their department’s commitment to high-quality science education.

Only 15% of schools have been awarded the Science Mark nationally and The Bridge Education Centre is the first PRU (Pupil Referral Unit) to have been awarded this prestigious mark.

Chris Bayliss, Headteacher of The Bridge Education Centre said upon receiving the Gold Mark:

“I am delighted that the hard work and teaching standards of our excellent Science Department has been recognised nationally. The planning and preparation our Science team put into their lessons ensures that our students are engaged and inspired by science. I am also proud of the fact that we are the first PRU in the UK to achieve this mark which reflects the high level of education provision The Bridge Education Centre offers its students.”

Recent science lessons have included a visit to the Land Rover BAR centre to learn about force and speed through the physics of aerodynamics and learning about the biological structures of different species with a visit into centre from ZooLab.

Helen Farrell and Suzanne Flewitt are the joint Lead Teachers for Science at The Bridge and Helen expressed her delight in receiving the Science Mark.

“The whole ethos of the Science Department is to engage our students across the three core science subjects of biology, physics and chemistry. We do this in a number of ways through both practical and theory work and also by bringing in or visiting leading science subjects where our students can see the practical elements of what we are teaching them. We were obviously delighted when our submission for the Silver Science was upgraded to the Gold Mark.”

Adam Little, Professional Development Leader at STEM Learning, said:

“We are delighted to congratulate The Bridge Education Centre on receiving the Gold Science Mark. Being awarded Science Mark is such a prestigious achievement because the assessment process is so rigorous, ensuring the programme is a true hallmark of quality science teaching. It is clear to see that the science team are ambitious, hardworking, strategic, and enthusiastic about teaching science, and that their efforts convert over into good outcomes for their students. It became clear that most criteria had actually exceeded silver, and had in fact met the gold standard. Each school and college who receives Science Mark has demonstrated a real and ongoing commitment to excellent science education in their school. The Bridge Education Centre is a great example of this.”

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