The Primary Quality Mark award was first developed in 1997, with the help of local education authorities and primary schools throughout England and Wales, to provide a framework that would promote, support and celebrate the improvement of literacy and mathematics1 in schools.2 It was revised in 2006 following consultation with a significant number of local authorities in the Primary Quality Mark Partnership.
The 10 Primary Quality Mark elements are as relevant today for school improvement as they were originally. The fundamental principles of the Primary Quality Mark process, such as the involvement of the whole school community, self-review and targeted intervention, have now become central to any school’s improvement agenda, regardless of its context.
The Primary Quality Mark provides a framework for self-evaluation and continuous improvement of the basic skills of all pupils in a school. This includes both those who underachieve and those whose attainment is lower than would be expected of someone of their age.1 The term ‘mathematics’ is used throughout this guidance to encompass all aspects of numeracy and mathematics across the curriculum.
2 Although the term ‘school’ is used throughout this guidance, the Primary Quality Mark is also suitable for early years settings. Additional guidance is available that interprets the criteria for the 10 elements in the context of early years children.