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.
If a school or setting has an inspection outcome (Ofsted, Estyn, ISI) of good or better, then they will follow an Award Pathway. The assessment visits will be carried out by Quality Mark assessors and will use the audit tool to support evidence against the Quality Mark 10 elements (11 elements for Secondary Phase).
If a school or setting inspection outcome is not identified as good or better and there is an improvement focus on English and mathematics, then they will follow the Improvement Pathway. If the improvement focus is not linked to English or mathematics, then the school or setting may move through the Award Pathway. The Improvement Pathway is open to current Quality Mark schools and settings, and those thinking of joining the Quality Mark.
The Improvement Pathway offers settings bespoke support, advice and guidance from credible and highly skilled Improvement Specialists.
Assessment visits for the Improvement Pathway will be carried out by a school improvement specialist and will focus on supporting the school to evidence improvement based on their priorities in English and mathematics. The visits will follow the same timelines as the Award Pathway and an evidenced-based report will be written by the school improvement specialist to support the progress the school is making towards their priorities. Once a school is re-inspected and moves into a good or better inspection category, they can transfer over to the Award Pathway.
NB: An Improvement Pathway school or setting may only follow the Award Pathway if they are supported by a letter evidencing improvement from a Local Authority Advisor or School Improvement Partner.
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.