About Quality Mark

Background to the award

The Quality Mark aims to focus leaders to undertake effective self-evaluation and continuous improvement for English and mathematics, which drives better outcomes for pupils, their families and society.

Quality Mark was originally developed in 1996 in consultation with local authorities, practitioners and experts to provide a framework to promote, support and celebrate the improvement of English and mathematics from early years, through primary and secondary, including extended services. 

As well as driving continuous improvement and celebrating excellence through its Award, the Quality Mark also acts as a guide for the improvement journey for settings identified as needing improvement, offering settings bespoke support, advice and guidance from credible and highly skilled Improvement Specialists. 


Quality Mark continues to evolve with the ever-changing needs of schools and educational settings and is responsive to the establishments it serves.

The updated 2018 guidance and audit tools reflect findings of studies which identify shared views of high quality English and mathematics provision and its short and long-term, positive impact on pupils’ learning.  


Over 2,000 settings have embarked upon their Quality Mark journey and actively share their good practice within the network.

Quality Mark is supported internationally by a team of Regional Directors and hundreds of Assessors around the globe.  
Meet the team 


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British International School, Budapest

It was a really helpful tool for reflection on our setting in Budapest. I appreciated the emphasis on practitioners’ understanding of child development. The self-assessment tool is really useful and it made me think about what is in place currently in our setting and also where we need to make improvements. It is certainly a useful tool for schools to use.

 - Early Years Leader and Nord Anglia Teaching Fellow

Rush Green Primary School

Quality Mark has the benefit of ensuring children are being taught basic skills well and that any gaps in attainment and progress are identified early; it also ensures that we are forever striving for improvement

 - Lisa Humpheryes, Deputy Headteacher.

Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School

Quality Mark provides an opportunity to review our work, especially around the interventions for maths, communication, language, literacy and parental involvement. It celebrated the work we do, whilst also identifying an area for improvement.

Oakdene Primary 

“It’s very much current. As a National Leader of Education looking at policy, the Quality Mark agenda reflects national policy and absolutely dovetails with pedagogy but also has the flexibility other accreditations or processes are unable to offer. Quality Mark has moved with the times."

 - Liz Bramley, Executive Headteacher

Have a question or wish to start your Quality Mark process?