The Quality Mark Improvement Route is designed for schools in an improvement category. It focuses on supporting your school to evidence improvement based on your priorities in English and mathematics.

Tribal's Quality Mark Improvement Route provides schools with objective, highly skilled Improvement Specialists as well as the framework to promote continuous quality improvement in line with the school's priorities.

It increases your capacity to improve and provides you with evidence that improvement is taking place.

Why primary schools choose Quality Mark to continuously improve the quality of their provision

Westoe Crown Primary School


Steve Price (Head Teacher, Westoe Crown Primary School), visited other schools with the Quality Mark accreditation and saw first-hand the creativity and out-of-the-box thinking that could be applied to everyday activities to truly embed literacy and maths into the lives of his pupils.
  • Improve pupil outcomes in English and mathematics

    Provide the framework and guidance to support continuous improvement and ensure English and maths priorities are being addressed.

  • Prepare for inspection

    Evidence your school's quality improvement, ready for inspection and ensure rigorous self-evaluation identifies strengths, prioritises key areas for development and identifies the impact of your practice.

  • Access relevant and cost-effective specialist support

    Receive support, advice and guidance from credible and highly skilled Improvement Specialists in a way that increases the capacity of your leadership and staff.

  • Embed a consistent approach to quality

    Achieve and embed a consistent approach to quality improvement for the whole school or setting with this all-phase framework for UK  and global education markets.

  • Benefit from external assessment, validation and challenge

    Get an independent external evaluation of the quality of provision in English and mathematics; validate priorities; and receive clear feedback and targets to support your improvement journey.

  • Provide staff with the scaffold to improve their practice

    Benefit from an improvement framework founded on educational research and internationally shared views of effective teaching and learning that supports your staff's development in the provision of English and mathematics.

Completing the Quality Mark

Quality Mark activity can stand alone or complement and integrate with other local and/or national initiatives to improve pupils' achievements. A Quality Mark Improvement Visit is carried out for the sole purpose of supporting continuous improvement and is a bespoke model which is matched to your needs at the time of the visit. In collaboration with settings, Improvement Specialists will identify key areas of strength but mostly importantly, areas for improvement. This will be done by drawing upon (but not exclusively to):

• The extent to which settings are meeting the elements within the Quality Mark standards
• Previous Quality Mark reports (if applicable)
• Inspection report/s
• Local Authority improvement reports
• Other external reports ie. Consultants, other quality standards
• Data – internal and external

All practitioners, and others involved with the setting should be involved in the journey. Involvement in the process contributes to the development of leadership and management skills such as communication, action planning, monitoring and evaluating, in a practical context and with a tangible outcome.

Leaders, trust board members and governing bodies will find that work undertaken as part of the Improvement Route offers a meaningful context in which to monitor and evaluate the quality of provision, practice and outcomes. It will also demonstrate how they are actively carrying out their role to drive continuous improvement.
Improvement Specialists will use the Quality Mark standard as the baseline assessment tool in all settings. This process will evaluate the setting’s overall quality of provision in English and mathematics. In doing this, Improvement Specialists will be able to provide settings with clear feedback and targets to promote further improvement and support their improvement journey. Once you have emerged into a good or better inspection status, you would then transfer onto the Quality Mark award pathway.

The Quality Mark elements

The Quality Mark framework comprises 10 elements (11 for secondary settings). As part of the Improvement Route, your school is assessed against these elements. Your school will achieve the award once you emerge from an improvement category and demonstrate that the criteria for all are met and can provide evidence that participation in the award has had a positive impact on your provision and practice..

  1. A whole school strategy and planning to improve performance in English and mathematics
  2. An analysis of the assessment of pupil performance in English and mathematics
  3. Target setting for the improvement of performance in English and mathematics
  4. English and mathematics planning and intervention for all groups of pupils
  5. Review of progress made by all groups of pupils in English and mathematics
  6. A commitment to improving the skills of staff in the application of English and mathematics in the school
  7. The use of a range of teaching approaches and learning styles to improve English and mathematics
  8. The use of appropriate teaching and learning resources to improve English and mathematics
  9. The involvement of parents and carers in developing their child’s English and mathematics
  10. An effective procedure for monitoring planning and assessing performance in English and mathematics
  11. Provision to enable all pupils to gain appropriate national accreditation in English and mathematics (Applies to Secondary schools only).