Supporting and recognising high quality provision in primary settings

A nationally recognised accreditation for your schools and communities, demonstrating your schools' commitment to continually improving standards.

Tribal's Quality Mark awards, for Early Years through to Secondary, support and recognise improving standards in the provision, practice and performance of English and mathematics.

For Groups of schools, such as Multi Academy Trusts, independent school groups and settings engaging in collaborative partnerships, Quality Mark promotes partnership working through the use of a common framework with a focused lens on English and mathematics, that brings consistency and transparency to quality improvement across your schools.

Why 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.

Nicola will talk you through the impact Quality Mark delivers for MATs and groups of schools, what you can expect from the process, and what it means for your oversight of quality.

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  • 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.

  • Promote partnership working

    Achieve continuous improvement by promoting increased partnership working and a shared accountability for outcomes.

  • Gain central oversight of quality

    Achieve transparency of strengths, areas for improvement, and examples of excellence across your Trust or groups of schools, all with robust supportive evidence.
  • Prepare for inspection

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

  • External recognition of staff commitment & achievement

    Receive valuable public recognition of the impact of the work of leaders, managers and practitioners in improving the quality of provision, and celebrate their commitment.

  • Embed a consistent approach to quality

    Achieve and embed a consistent approach to quality improvement within each school and across groups of schools, with this all-phase framework for UK and global education markets.

  • Benefit from external assessment, validation and challenge

    Get an external evaluation of the quality of practice and provision in your schools; validate priorities; and challenge approaches to continuous improvement.

  • Provide staff with the scaffold to improve their practice

    Benefit from a framework founded on educational research and internationally shared views of effective teaching and learning.

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. You control the timescale for the external assessment of the award; the length of time taken to achieve accreditation will vary according to each setting’s starting point and your ability to demonstrate progress and sustained good practice.

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 towards accreditation 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.


The 10 Quality Mark elements 

Each school will achieve the award when they demonstrate that the criteria for all 10 elements are met and can provide evidence that participation in the award has had a positive impact on your provision and practice. If your school is in an inspection category of improvement, you will follow the Improvement Pathway, led by your Quality Mark school improvement specialist, prior to gaining the award.

  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


Discuss how Quality Mark works for Trusts and groups of schools with our National Director, Nicola Morris

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