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The QM Cycle


How to renew the Quality Mark

The Quality Mark is awarded for three years and can be renewed at the end of this time. Six months and three months prior to the renewal date a reminder e-mail is sent out to the award holder. (Regardless of the date of the assessment, each renewal date will be three years from the award date that appears on the Quality Mark database:

To renew the award, a school must demonstrate that:

  • it continues to meet the criteria for all 10 elements
  • there have been developments in Glossarybasic skills that have had a positive impact on standards
  • there continues to be a whole school commitment to improving basic skills.

Preparing for renewal

  • Ensure that you have a copy of the Quality Mark for Early Years booklet (A3001).
  • Confirm with your local authority/Alliance contact what the renewal assessment process will involve.
  • Agree a date for renewal up to three months in advance of the due date.
  • Arrange for any additional support visits as may be necessary.
  • Involve staff in carrying out a self-review against the 10 elements and criteria: 
  • identifying key developments since the previous assessment
  • evaluating the impact of these developments
  • identifying and gathering relevant evidence.
  • Share the outcomes and celebrate your achievement.

Following assessment

Following a successful assessment, the assessor will formally recommend renewal of the award. The school should keep the self-audit documentation on file.

Once the recommendation has been processed, the school can purchase a new plaque in recognition of the continuation of its award, where stocks are available, by emailing (This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it) A renewal certificate and renewal logo are issued free of charge.