A nationally recognised accreditation for your school and community, demonstrating a commitment to continually improve standards.

Tribal's Quality Mark Primary award supports and recognises improving standards in the provision, practice and performance of English and mathematics.

It aligns with national agendas and international views of best practice, supporting your inspection preparations and providing evidence of high-quality self-evaluation.

Why secondary schools choose Quality Mark to continuously improve the quality of their provision

Improve pupil outcomes in English and mathematics

Provide the framework and guidance to support continuous improvement ans ensure English and maths priorities are being addressed 

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.

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. 

Embed a consistent approach to quality

Achieve and embed a consistent approach to quality improvement for the whole school or setting with this all-phase framework for UK  and global education markets.

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.

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.

Completing the Quality Mark


Quality Mark activity can stand alone or complement and integrate with other local and/or national initiatives to improve pupils' achievements. You control the timescale for the external assessment of the award; the length of time taken to achieve accreditation will vary according to your school’s starting point and your ability to demonstrate progress and sustained good practice. All practitioners, and others involved with the school should be involved in the journey. Involvement in the process contributes to the development of leadership and management skills such as communication, action planning, monitoring and evaluating, in a practical context and with a tangible outcome.

Leaders, trust board members and governing bodies will find that work undertaken towards accreditation offers a meaningful context in which to monitor and evaluate the quality of provision, practice and outcomes. It will also demonstrate how they are actively carrying out their role to drive continuous improvement.

The 11 Quality Mark elements for secondary schools

Your secondary school will achieve the award when you demonstrate that the criteria for all 11 elements are met and can provide evidence that participation in the award has had a positive impact on your provision and practice. If your school is in an inspection category of improvement, you will follow the Improvement Pathway, led by your Quality Mark school improvement specialist, prior to gaining the award.

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
10. An effective procedure for monitoring planning and assessing performance in English and mathematics
11. Provision to enable all pupils to gain appropriate national accreditation in English and mathematics


Reach South

"The Quality Mark is robust in supporting departmental reviews in English and mathematics and has supported us to bring about change." 

Sarah Findlay-Cobb, Director of Education

Bilton Grange Primary School

"We believe it provides an evaluative monitoring role which is important in maintaining a strong focus for school improvement and (the assessor) is a very experienced professional whose judgement we greatly value."

– Judith Ratcliffe, Headteacher

Oakdene Primary and Infant School

"It’s very much current. 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."

– Liz Bramley, Executive Head Teacher

Highters Heath Community School

It ensures that we continue to move forward with English and maths, measuring ourselves against the Quality Mark framework. Outside views of what you are doing in school are always helpful. 

– Hazel Colgan, Head Teacher

Have a query or wish to start your Quality Mark journey?