The Quality Mark Early Years is available to all registered providers of early years provision for children from birth to statutory school age and to nursery/ reception classes. This includes
The Quality Mark Primary/Secondary Award is available to all schools with primary and secondary aged pupils; this includes mainstream and special schools, maintained sector and independent schools of all sizes. Schools must be in a good or better inspection category or equivalent to work towards the award. If a school is not yet in a good category they can still become members of the Quality Mark and will follow an improvement route which has a focus on the elements related to current school priorities.
For UK settings, the Quality Mark is awarded for three years. At the end of that period the award can be renewed for a further three years (and in subsequent cycles) providing the school or setting continues to meet the criteria for all elements and can demonstrate that holding the Quality Mark has had a positive impact on its provision and practice. Interim support and review visits are held 18 months after the award has been given to continue to support the process moving forward.
The International Quality Mark Early Childhood Education and Care is awarded for two years. At the end of that period the award can be renewed for a further two years (and in subsequent cycles) providing the setting continues to meet the criteria for all elements and can demonstrate that holding the Quality Mark has had a positive impact on its provision and practice. This includes an ongoing emphasis to the areas of communication, language and literacy as well as mathematics together with other areas of learning within the statutory framework.
A Quality Mark Assessor, accredited by Tribal and appropriate to your phase, will review the evidence and carry out an assessment visit to your setting. The recommendation for the Quality Mark award can only be made by an accredited Assessor. There is no prescribed start or end date for the award. Applications can be made throughout the year. For schools or settings following an improvement pathway school improvement specialists will work with you to gather evidence based on your priorities in English and mathematics.
A school or setting will be required to show that at the time of the assessment:
Evidence to show that the quality of provision and practice meets the criteria for each element must be provided at the time of assessment visit and should come from a wide range of sources. We do not require portfolios of evidence as part of the accreditation process. Practitioners should signpost assessors to evidence using the audit tool.
There is no prescribed amount of evidence required to substantiate each element. Participants may find that they have much of the evidence readily available, as it will have been used for other purposes. Each setting should make a professional
Assessment is not based solely on an evaluation of the evidence submitted or a review of documents. The Assessor will gather additional evidence during focused observations of practice during the evaluation visit and/or a ‘learning walk’ around the setting or school. An assessor will also seek evidence through discussion with key stakeholders, such as practitioners, parents/carers, representatives of any management committee, advisory group or governing body. Where appropriate, Assessors will talk to and take account of the views of pupils.
The Quality Mark for English and mathematics is awarded by Tribal and is only available to settings that have been assessed as meeting the accreditation standard. Schools or settings holding the award are entitled to display the logo, which is supplied electronically, on information and publicity materials, such as a letterhead, prospectus or advertisement. Those who achieve the award also receive an award certificate and plaque.
Quality Mark is available through three routes:
1. Via a Local Authority or Partnership Group, where the partnership manages Quality Mark directly with their schools. Contact us if you would like to find out if your Local Authority manages a Quality Mark programme.
2. Subscriptions directly with
3. Alternatively, you can apply for Quality Mark on a one-off basis from £750. This route allows you to have a one-off visit every three
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On receipt of your signed agreement, you will have access to the Quality Mark resources relevant to your setting, including the appropriate audit tool and guidance. Your Regional Director will also allocate your Assessor to arrange the first visit and ensure you start your journey on the best possible footing.
If you would like a Quality Mark information pack including details of the subscription options, an overview for your phase, and a copy of the Service Level Agreement, please let us know using the Initial Interest Form on the Contact Us page.