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    Renewed – March 2018


    The Quality Mark for Primary Schools was developed in 1997, following wide consultation with schools and local authorities. It was revised in 2007 after consultation with a significant number of local authorities in partnership with the Basic Skills Agency.

    The Quality Mark is an award that celebrates and supports continuous improvement in English and Maths. It is awarded to a setting or school to recognise their provision, practice and performance in English and Maths, and is valid for three years.

    A school or setting must demonstrate a whole school approach to improving standards in English and Maths, with evidence of the impact of its approaches. It provides a framework for self-evaluation and continuous improvement of the basic skills of all pupils in a school, including those who under-achieve and under-attain.


    • “There is detailed analysis of the assessment of pupil performance in basic skills across school. This is seen as very much a shared responsibility with all staff having a real ownership of the attainment and progress of pupils.”

    • “Targets are challenging with the school philosophy embedded through clear leadership, with an emphasis placed and a pride taken that pupils are capable of attaining in the basic skills, visible throughout the school.”

    • “The underlying principle of ensuring that all children can attain is shared by the whole staff team and is clear in the ethos of the school and the positive approach to learning in all classes.”

    • “Parents and carers are involved in developing their child’s basic skills spoke positively of the many opportunities offered by school to support parents in developing their children’s learning including both parenting groups and courses targeted at specific areas of learning in mathematics and phonics for example.”