What it offers to a school or setting

The fundamental principles of the Quality Mark process, such as the involvement of the whole school community, self review and targeted intervention, are central to any setting or school’s improvement agenda, regardless of its context.

In practice it offers opportunities to:

  • strengthen leadership and management
  • develop key staff roles and responsibilities
  • focus on identified areas for development
  • raise staff and pupil morale
  • celebrate success.

It is an inclusive award that can be achieved in all contexts, and it:

  • provides a framework for self-evaluation and continuous improvement of literacy and numeracy of all children/pupils/students in a setting/school, including those who Glossaryunderachieve as well as those who Glossaryunderattain.
  • supports and validates school self-review and self-evaluation
  • helps a school or setting to coordinate its improvement initiatives
  • provides support for subject leadership in monitoring and evaluating the quality of provision in literacy and numeracy
  • supports governing bodies in actively carrying out their ‘critical friend’ role, and offers opportunities to work with staff
  • supports partnership working within and beyond the school or setting
  • values and promotes home/setting or home/school partnerships
  • acknowledges the importance of ‘learning’ as well as ‘teaching’ for both staff and pupils
  • reflects best practice in learning
  • embraces the notion of personalised learning and teaching
  • promotes ‘assessment for learning’ (AfL) principles
  • supports improved outcomes for learners.