Science Mark

Science Mark is a new quality standard designed to recognise and celebrate good, excellent and outstanding practice in secondary science departments across the UK.

However Science Mark is more than just a recognition scheme. By working with our carefully selected assessors you will push the standards of your own department. Your assessor is an independent ‘critical friend’ who will draw on their wealth of experience in the field to help you see in greater detail the strengths and weaknesses of your science department.


Why should I take part?

  • receive at least a day and a half of support from an external expert
  • be recognised for excellence in your science department
  • celebrate engaging, stimulating and inspiring lessons for students
  • help raise the profile of science across your school
  • demonstrate your department's commitment to quality standards in science education


Science Mark is intended to be challenging in the early stages, but this makes the process and the success all the more rewarding as this past Platinum winner said:

“If the science mark was something that you paid your money and you got the award then it would be worthless. The bar is set high to achieve each level. It not only challenges your department to take a long and deep look at itself to assess areas that could be improved, it also gives the opportunity to celebrate all your successes. I was nearly put off because it takes time and a lot of effort to go through the process but now that we have the award all the department feel that it was worth every moment”

Amanda Quinton, St Clement Danes School – Platinum Mark holder

What is involved?

At the heart of the scheme is a process of providing evidence of positive outcomes against a rigorous criteria-based framework, in the three key areas:

  • curriculum
  • leadership and management
  • learning and teaching


Register your interest

To register your interest please complete short application form below.

We will then send you all relevant materials, as well as assigning an assessor.

Registration for the next Science Mark cohort is now open.

Please register by 30 January 2017 if you are interested in taking part. Our staff will then be in touch with further details. Registration is not a final commitment.


Register today


Learn more

There are several ways to learn more about Science Mark.