Assessment Framework
Assessment Framework

The Quality Mark framework defines what constitutes a World Class student.

The World Class Schools Quality Mark Framework

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Assessment Centre

All schools hoping to achieve the World Class Schools Quality Mark are required to participate in an assessment centre event, at which their students are assessed for the characteristics and behaviours as outlined in the WCSQM Framework.

Assessment Centre

Assessment Centre

This year, the event took place at another outstanding and World Class School, The Morley Academy, in Leeds. 48 pupils from 16 schools participated in the 2017 assessment process.

One week prior to the event, the nominated 48 students were split into six project teams and given a clear brief on how to prepare for the event. Students were required to self-organise into a number of roles consistent across each team to deliver a design project for the remodelling of The Morley Academy's 'Old Building' scheduled for 2019. The six project teams each focused on different areas of the design project, working as a team and with the other teams to ensure their design proposals complemented those of the other teams to produce a cohesive overall design.

  1. Outside reading terrace: Create a design proposal for the outside reading terrace
  2. Outside reading terrace: Create a design proposal for the heating and furniture within this learning space
  3. Learning and Resource Centre aesthetics: Create a design proposal, looking at the walls, floors and lighting within the Learning and Resource Centre and the IT suites
  4. Learning and Resource Centre aesthetics: Create furniture and layout solutions for the new Learning and Resource Centre and the IT suites
  5. Corridor displays: Create a design proposal for the corridor displays in the remodelled ‘Old Building’ which make learning interactive and which are easily changeable.
  6. Displays: Create a design proposal for two portable displays which link to the curriculum areas taught in the remodelled 'Old Building.'

Assessment Centre

Assessment Centre

Assessment Centre

Assessment Centre

Each team was allocated a challenge and an assessor from WCSQM, with whom each team had to liaise prior to the event to ensure that they were on track with their plans and preparations. Teams were also responsible for liaising with and gaining approval from key stakeholders, including Jenny Makin, artist in residence at The Morley Academy, David Yeadon from David Yeadon Ltd. Architects who are leading on the remodelling project, Alex Green, Schools Programme Manager from LESS CO2 (environment and sustainability) and Primary and Secondary school pupils from The Morley Academy and GORSE Academies Trust.

Throughout the day, the team of assessors from WCSQM monitored each project team for the capabilities and behaviours that define a 21st century world-class student. The output from this process was fed into the overall assessment to determine the world-class status of each participating school. Students were assessed for, among other things:

  • Leadership qualities
  • Collaborative and cooperative behaviour
  • Social awareness
  • Enthusiasm for learning
  • Empathy, understanding and compassion
  • Critical thinking skills and problem solving

Assessment Centre

Each project team completed their tasks with outstanding results. The panel members, made up of key stakeholders, were impressed with the level of research and insightful design ideas produced by each team. Leanne Griffiths, Headteacher at The Morley Academy, was delighted with the final proposals, and in her summary at the end of the presentations, stated:

Thank you so much to all the students who took part for their commitment to delivering well thought out, practical ideas that our project team can now use to take our remodelling project to the next phase. You have certainly given us a lot to think about, and each and every one of you has shown World Class skills and commitment to your project.

Leanne Griffiths, Headteacher, The Morley Academy

These are absolutely exceptional students. I was incredibly impressed by how well they worked together as a team, and the insightful questions they asked.

Jenny Makin, The Morley Academy Artist in Residence.

The calibre of the students this year was extra-ordinary. Their skills of collaboration, diplomacy, resilience and tenacity were second to none; these are incredible young people, to whom I would trust our future.

Miranda Perry, Director of WCSQM.

2018 Accreditation process and pathways for successful applicant schools

WCSQM also invites current holders of the Mark to nominate those schools that they believe would welcome and deserve, an invitation to apply for the accreditation.

There are two stages to the process for qualifying:

  • recommendation from professional peers
  • initial desktop exercise

Therefore, we invite current holders to put forward schools that they believe exhibit the behaviours of a World Class school. For 2018 accreditation, WCSQM evaluates the school against the following desktop criteria:

(Ofsted inspection)

  • the school's latest Ofsted judgement was 'outstanding'
  • the school has achieved 'outstanding' for all judgements, regardless of the framework under which it was inspected

(School performance tables, 2018 release of 2017 data, interpreted in conjunction with relevant statistical releases)

  • the school is above the national average for their
    • progress 8 score
    • attainment 8 score
    • grade 5 or above percentage in English & mathematics GCSE
    • grade 4 or above percentage in English & mathematics GCSE
    • progress 8 score for low-, middle- and high- attainers, compared to national progress 8 score for all
    • progress 8 score for girls and boys, compared to national progress 8 score for all
    • progress 8 score for pupils with English as an additional language
  • the school is in the top quartile for progress 8 compared to similar schools

(School performance tables, 2015 & 16 data, interpreted in conjunction with relevant statistical releases)

  • the school is above national for progress and attainment overall, for key indicators

In exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to schools that do not meet all the above criteria if, (for example) the school

  • is a type of provider where progress and attainment 8 scores are not necessarily the most appropriate measures to assess the performance of pupils, in the case of, for example, a UTC
  • significantly out-performs other institutions in its region, particularly in terms of progress
  • bucks performance trends, particularly in terms of progress, in local authorities where performance overall is significantly below national averages
  • is non-selective in a selective region, and out performs its neighbouring selective institutions, particularly in terms of progress
  • has recently and dramatically improved, as evidenced through a recent 'outstanding' Ofsted judgement, having previously not been deemed as 'outstanding.'

Final stages of the assessment process

1. School Self-Audit

The school completes a self-audit with regard to:

  • the skills and competencies demonstrated by its student cohort to fulfil the mark's requirements.
  • the skills, capacity, capabilities and resources the school can offer in response to potential international opportunities.

The self-audit is assessed according to achievement against the mark's requirements.

If the school is unsuccessful at this stage, the school receives support from WCSQM to revise their audit, so they can resubmit. They can resubmit any time, and any number of times. WCSQM support the school in the audit's revision until they are successful.

2. Assessment Centre

Three students from each applicant school attend the assessment centre event.

Each student is assessed on their performance at the assessment centre event against the required skills and competencies, receives an individual assessment and certificate of attendance.

Each school with students represented at the assessment centre event receives an assessment of the strengths and areas for development typical of their students.

If the school is unsuccessful at this stage, they receive support from WCSQM to re-prepare for the assessment centre, and can re-apply for consideration in the next assessment centre round.

3. Award Ceremony

Each school achieving the WCSQM attends award ceremony, receives a certificate verifying their achievement of the mark and a plaque.

4. Renewal of Accreditation

Each school (with the exception of early adopter schools) is required to renew their accreditation bi-annually. The renewal process consists of a reduced desktop exercise and self- audit.



[1] No schools nominated by a particular holder of the Mark, will then contribute to the delivery of the subsequent assessment process

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