Phiz Lab 1: relaunch

At the end of last month, MP Chris White officially opened the newly refurbished Phiz Lab at Shrubland Street Primary School. The Lab is run by Ogden Teacher Fellow Amanda Poole, who shares her story of the day:

“This first Ogden Trust Phiz Lab has been refurbished to create a fantastic primary science learning space for both children and teachers. This is thanks to the support of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) who has funded the redevelopment of the Lab to help us create a Centre of Excellence for Primary Science.

“The lab opening was attended by many special guests including members of the Leamington Spa Ogden Primary Partnership. There has been a huge increase in Primary Science CPD delivered from the Phiz Lab since September which is having significant benefits to the school improvement of the 12 primary schools who now work together in this partnership.

“The Shrubland Street pupils were excellent ambassadors for the amazing learning that goes on in this school and amazed all the guests with their passion for science. There were children present from Year 2 to Year 6 who all confidently shared their experiences of science at Shrubland Street as well as describing the wealth of extra-curricular activities that they participate in.

“It was a wonderful occasion, celebrating the many partnerships that have been established to improve the quality of primary science provision across Warwickshire and Coventry.”


Amanda Poole is currently engaged in a PhD Research project investigating the impact of labs in primary schools with the support of The Ogden Trust.