Basic Skills Quality Mark

Basic Skills Quality Mark


Target Audience:       All schools

Cost:                            £

The Basic Skills Quality Mark is a national award that celebrates and supports continuous improvement in literacy and numeracy.

It is awarded to a school to recognise their provision, practice and performance in literacy and numeracy, and is valid for three years. During an Ofsted Inspection it provides a recognised evidence base that a school demonstrates a whole school approach to improving standards in literacy and numeracy, with evidence of the impact of its approach. It provides a framework for self-evaluation and is an ideal opportunity for a senior leader to take the lead in gaining the award and to develop a greater understanding of the performance of the whole school in the basic skills.

The process of gaining the Basic Skills Quality Mark award involves:

•          Contacting the STSA to express your intention to complete the award.

•          The Basic Skills Assessor will contact the member of staff coordinating the award at school to discuss timelines and details of the Basic Skills Assessment.

•          Your school will be sent a Basic Skills self- evaluation toolkit.

•          On completion of the self –evaluation toolkit it is sent to the Basic Skills Assessor who will complete a review of the document.

•          A date is agreed for an assessment visit from the Basic Skills Assessor.

•          At the conclusion of the assessment visit the school is informed if they have achieved the Basic Skills Quality Mark standards.

The Basic Skills Assessor will dedicate two half day sessions to the assessment process, this will include the review of the school’s self- evaluation, support throughout the process and an assessment visit to the school.

To request an assessment please contact