Primary Science Quality Mark at GOLD Level
The Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) is the only national award scheme to develop and celebrate the quality of science teaching and learning in primary schools. Schools achieve the PSQM award through a year-long process of initial audit, followed by action and reflection. Jane Turner, Primary Science Quality National Director explains, “gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school. The profile and quality of science teaching and learning each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud”. We obtained this award in May 2018.
The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA); Silver Award
Silver rights aware comes after Bronze rights committed. It is granted by Unicef UK to schools that show good progress towards embedding children’s rights in the school’s policy, practice and ethos as outlined in the RRSA Strands and Outcomes. Achieving the silver ‘rights aware’ means that there is evidence that:
- We are explicitly embedding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into our policies.
- We are promoting knowledge and understanding of the Convention throughout our school community
- We have put into action the developing plans outlined in our Action Plan for Silver, which was submitted to achieve our Bronze; rights committed
- We are beginning to see a positive impact of these actions on children and young people, staff, and on the school’s ethos , practice and environment.
- Children and young people are beginning to see themselves as rights respecting global citizens and advocates for fairness and children’s rights, both locally and globally.
The CPD Mark
The CPD Mark is a national quality mark designed to improve Continuing Professional Development standards throughout the education sector.
Achieving the CPD Mark has enabled us to:
- celebrate and extend our CPD provision
- exceed the expectations of national inspection bodies
- ensure the best return on investment in staffing
The Artsmark is a creative quality standard for schools, accredited by the Arts Council England. Artsmark has been designed by schools, for schools, to align with School Improvement Plans and support core EBACC and STEM priorities, giving the curriculum breadth and balance. As well as recognising schools that are making the arts come alive, the Artsmark award is a practical and valuable tool for enriching a school’s arts provision whatever the starting point. It is designed to ensure every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts by promoting formal education institutions to deliver rich and high quality provision. The Artsmark provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum.
Investors in People
Since 1991 Investors in People has set the standard for better people management. The internationally recognised accreditation is held by 14,000 organisations across the world. The Standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results. Based on 25 years of leading practice, the Investors in People Standard is underpinned by a rigorous assessment methodology and a framework which reflects the very latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. The Standard explores practices and outcomes within an organisation under three performance headings: leading, supporting and improving.
International School Award
International education enriches teaching and learning. It introduces educators to new practices and perspectives, furthering their professional development and raising teaching standards. It gives young people a window into different cultures and countries, helping them develop as responsible global citizens and preparing them for life and work in a global society. The International School Award provided a supportive and motivational framework to guide our international learning activities and helped us gain recognition for our ongoing international work.
It can support schools at any stage of their international journey and can be adapted to any curriculum.
Basic Skills Award
The basic skills Quality Mark is an award that celebrates and supports continuous improvement in literacy and numeracy. It is awarded to a setting or school to recognise their provision, practice and performance in literacy and numeracy, and is valid for three years. A school or setting must demonstrate a whole school approach to improving standards in literacy and numeracy, with evidence of the impact of its approaches. It provides a framework for self-evaluation and continuous improvement of the basic skills of all pupils in a school, including those who underachieve and those who under-attain. ‘The ability to read, write and speak in English and use mathematics at a level necessary to function and progress at work and in society in general.’ Without good communication, literacy and mathematical skills, individuals are severely disadvantaged throughout their lives – as learners, in the workplace and as parents, consumers and citizens.
The Governor Mark is a national award. It is a kite mark which provides external evaluation of the quality of governance in a school. The underlying principles behind this model for self-review emphasise that governing bodies must have in place quality processes if they are to make a significant impact upon the achievements of schools. Intrinsic to this approach is a belief that if governing bodies have adopted such quality processes, the extent of their contribution and influence can make a real difference to the leadership and management of the school. Such quality processes, however, are not the same thing as effective governance. They provide the platform on which effective governance can work. Effective governance must be evident in outcomes for pupils and the school community. By this we mean effectively implementing the three main roles of governing bodies:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and operating in accordance with the Nolan Principles – Integrity in Public Office
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
These roles can be seen through raising standards, improving the school, focused agendas, safeguarding, good management of budgets, and rigour in fulfilling statutory functions. Governing bodies can use this Quality Mark to assess their impact in a systematic way.