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

Tribal's Quality Mark Secondary award recognises improving standards in the provision, practice and performance of English and mathematics departments; supports your inspection preparations; and provides evidence of high-quality education.

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

Accreditation and validation

A widely recognised accreditation covering UK maintained and independent sectors and global education markets.

Inspection preparation

Evidence your setting's quality improvement, ready for inspection.

Celebrate excellence

Celebrate your school’s improvement in English and mathematics provision and recognise the commitment of your staff.

A whole-school framework

Available across all phases to help embed a consistent approach to quality improvement across the whole school.

External assessment and challenge

Get an external evaluation of the quality of practice and provision in your setting and challenge approaches to continuous improvement.

Align with national agendas and international views of best practice

Benefit from the 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 an improvement pathway 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?