Basic Skills Quality Mark

Severn Teaching School Alliance are proud to be able to offer assessment and re-assessment in Telford and Wrekin for the Quality Mark – a national recognised award that supports and recognises high quality teaching of English and mathematics in our primary schools.

Quality Mark supports schools in two ways

  • For schools identified as good or better through external inspection Quality Mark helps you ensure continuous improvement is maintained in English and mathematics whilst recognising the achievements to date via the award.
  • For those in an improvement category, your Quality Mark Assessor and framework act as a guide along the journey to improve pupil outcomes in English and mathematics.

Through Quality Mark, schools can:

1.     Improve pupil outcomes in English and mathematics

Provide the framework and guidance to support continuous improvement and ensure English and maths priorities are being addressed. The process of audit and self-review will add value to current provision and support improved outcomes for pupils.

2.     Gain external recognition of staff commitment & achievement

Receive valuable public recognition of the impact of the work of leaders, managers and practitioners in improving the quality of provision, and celebrate their commitment.

3.     Prepare for inspection

Evidence your school’s quality improvement, ready for inspection and ensure rigorous self-evaluation identifies strengths, prioritises key areas for development and identifies the impact of your practice. This provides a holistic evidence base for continuous improvement through the multi-dimensional aspect of Quality Mark. (Quality Mark includes structural characteristics, such as statutory adult-child ratios and practitioner qualifications, interwoven with process quality factors, such as the pedagogical approach and types of interactions that influence the quality of children’s experiences.)

4.     Provide staff with the scaffold to improve their practice

Benefit from a framework founded on educational research and internationally shared views of effective teaching and learning.

5.     Embed a consistent approach to quality

Achieve and embed a consistent approach to quality improvement for the whole school.

6.      Benefit from external assessment, validation and challenge

Get an external evaluation of the quality of practice and provision in your school; validate priorities; and challenge approaches to continuous improvement so your school moves beyond meeting basic requirements in practice, progress and performance

Completing the Quality Mark: a whole-school focus, for whole-school benefit

Quality Mark activity can stand alone or complement and integrate with other initiatives to improve pupils’ achievements, including a clear focus and framework for a whole school approach to pupils returning to school and closing the learning gaps in English and Mathematics as a result of the pandemic.

Senior Leaders, English and Mathematics’ leaders control the timescale for submitting the Quality Mark portfolio. The length of time taken to achieve accreditation will vary according to a school’s starting point and its ability to demonstrate progress and sustained good practice.

Your accredited Quality Mark Assessor, Siân Deane, will help guide and support you along your continuous improvement journey, using the Quality Mark audit tool as the framework for progression.

Your school will achieve the Quality Mark when you demonstrate that the criteria for all 10 elements are met and provide evidence that participation in the award has had a positive impact on provision and practice.

The 10 elements to achieve Quality Mark are:

1.     A whole school strategy and planning to improve performance in English and mathematics

2.     An analysis of the assessment of pupil performance in English and mathematics

3.     Target setting for the improvement of performance in English and mathematics

4.     English and mathematics planning and intervention for all groups of pupils

5.     Review of progress made by all groups of pupils in English and mathematics

6.     A commitment to improving the skills of staff in the application of English and mathematics in the school

7.     The use of a range of teaching approaches and learning styles to improve English and mathematics

8.     The use of appropriate teaching and learning resources to improve English and mathematics

9.     The involvement of parents and carers in developing their child’s English and mathematics

  1. An effective procedure for monitoring planning and assessing performance in English and mathematics

To begin this process or to find out more:

  • Contact STSA to express your intention to find out more about how to complete the award.
  • Once you have decided to complete the Quality Mark Award, the assessor will contact the lead member of staff to discuss timelines and details of the Quality Mark Assessment.
  • The lead member of staff will be sent the Quality Mark audit for the whole school to contribute to.
  • Once completed, the audit is sent to the Quality Mark Assessor who will complete a review of the information shared.
  • A date is agreed for an assessment visit by the Quality Mark Assessor.
  • At the conclusion of the assessment visit, the school is informed whether the 10 elements of the Quality Mark have been achieved.
  • The whole school community celebrate and share the achievement.

To request an assessment please contact