It supports the movement of provision beyond meeting basic requirements in practice, progress and performance; it externally validates and acknowledges provision that meets this standard.
It provides valuable public recognition of the impact of the work of leaders, managers and practitioners in improving the quality of provision for the pupils in their care and the standards they achieve.
It helps every provider of education to continue to think about how to improve further the quality of service they offer to pupils, parents and carers.
Leaders/managers and practitioners are taken through a process of rigorous self-evaluation to identify strengths, prioritise key areas for development and undertake regular reviews to identify the impact of their practice.
The process of audit and self-review adds value to current provision, embedding a consistent approach to quality improvement, and supporting improved outcomes for pupils.
The process takes account of indicators widely thought to contribute to the quality of education and care. It recognises that the approach to supporting pupils' welfare, learning and development varies according
to the cultural and social context of each setting.
It was a really helpful tool for reflection on our setting in Budapest. I appreciated the emphasis on practitioners’ understanding of child development. The self-assessment tool is really useful and it made me think about what is in place currently in our setting and also where we need to make improvements. It is certainly a useful tool for schools to use.
British International School, Budapest
- Early Years Leader and Nord Anglia Teaching Fellow
Quality Mark has the benefit of ensuring children are being taught basic skills well and that any gaps in attainment and progress are identified early; it also ensures that we are forever striving for improvement.
Rush Green Primary School
Lisa Humpheryes, Deputy Headteacher
Quality Mark provides an opportunity to review our work, especially around the interventions for maths, communication, language, literacy and parental involvement. It celebrated the work we do, whilst also identifying an area for improvement.
Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School
“It’s very much current. As a National Leader of Education looking at policy, the Quality Mark agenda reflects national policy and absolutely dovetails with pedagogy but also has the flexibility other accreditations or processes are unable to offer. Quality Mark has moved with the times."
- Liz Bramley, Executive Headteacher