North Yorkshire Debating Competition
In June 2017, our Year Six debating team competed against seven other schools from across the county, presenting their arguments for and against the motion: “Is homework a waste of time?” Held at County Hall, Northallerton, the team pitted their wits against other schools brilliantly and a team of esteemed judges made their decision… After a short but tense wait, the team from Bedale Primary School was crowned North Yorkshire champions. One of the competitors, Michaela, said, “I was extremely happy to get into the final, but now I feel even more thrilled to have won this round!”
One year later, in the summer of 2018 our debating team once again reached the North Yorkshire Finals, this time debating the topic of children's use of social media. Unfortunately the team did not win again but presented their views clearly and articulately. Well done!
Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) - Silver
Science Quality Awards have been awarded to 154 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning. So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 1700 schools across the UK have achieved the award and Bedale Primary School is now the proud holder of the Silver award.
The Primary School Quality Mark scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning.
The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education.
Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school. The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each of these schools is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”
For more information, please visit www.psqm.org.uk
School Games Mark
Sainsbury’s School Games Silver Award
Following our application, we have been given a Sainsbury’s School Games Silver Award for all our work in sport from 2015-2017. For this award we had to do lots of things in school including: having over 35% of our children attending sports clubs, holding and attending numerous school games competitions and involving children in the organising and leading of school games competitions. In addition to this, we have made links with local sports clubs and have had trained sports coaches working with our children. Well done to all the children who have taken part in clubs, competitions and organising the school games who have helped us to achieve this award. This year we are aiming for GOLD!
Committed to ICT
Our school has pledged its commitment to national standards in ICT for all pupils.
Basic Skills Agency
During November 2016 we were visited by an assessor from the Basic Skills Quality Mark Programme. This was re-validated in the summer of 2018. We are pleased to say that we again had our award renewed after the visit and are proud to share some of the comments from the final report below.
There was a lovely ethos in the school.
You are a great team, all working very hard to provide a very high quality Basic Skills education for all pupils within the context of a broad and balanced curriculum.
The children were polite, articulate and keen to do their best.
The quality of marking and feedback is impressive and has a positive impact on progress made.
The classrooms are all great learning environments.