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The QM Cycle


The Secondary Quality Mark award was first developed in 1996, with the help of local education authorities and secondary schools throughout England and Wales, to provide a framework that would promote, support and celebrate the improvement of literacy and mathematics1 in schools. It was revised in 2007 following consultation with a significant number of local authorities in the Secondary Quality Mark Partnership.

The 10 Secondary Quality Mark elements are as relevant today for school improvement as they were originally. The fundamental principles of the Secondary 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 Secondary Quality Mark provides a framework for self-evaluation and continuous improvement of the Glossarybasic skills of all pupils in a school. This includes both those who Glossaryunderachieve and those whose attainment is lower than would be expected of someone of their age.
What are basic skills?

1 The term ‘mathematics’ is used throughout this guidance to encompass all aspects of mathematics and numeracy across the curriculum.