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.

This year, the event took place at the outstanding Wren Academy Primary Phase in Barnet, North London. Each school participating in the 2016 assessment process sent three students to participate in a range of projects designed to improve the external facilities at the school.

One week prior to the event, the nominated 54 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 social responsibility project for the direct benefit of the pupils at Wren Academy Primary Phase. The six challenges these project teams would face consisted of:

  • Outside space: design and create an exciting, inspiring learning space
  • Reception entrance: design and create a welcoming, exciting reception area
  • Decorate the planters: rejuvenate five planters. Decorate each with educational themes
  • Outdoor learning games: design and build four activity boards for Reception and Year 1
  • Outdoor reading area: design and decorate an outdoor reading area
  • Indoor reading area: design and decorate an indoor reading area

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 gaining approval of their plans and designs from senior staff at Wren Primary Phase and preparing roles and activities for the pupils at the school on the day.

Throughout the day, the team of assessors from WCSQM monitored each 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:

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

Each project team completed their tasks with outstanding results - the playground areas at the school have been transformed into engaging, colourful spaces to the delight of the school and its pupils. Wren parents and children were invited to meet with the students in the afternoon to discuss their achievements on the day and feedback was extremely positive. All participating students should be proud of their achievements.

Louisa Taylor, head teacher at Wren Academy Primary, said:

I was delighted by what the World Class students achieved in our primary phase. To transform the school to such an extent is a testament to their skill and commitment. What a great day.

2017 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[1]. 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. In 2016 WCSQM evaluated 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

(Ofsted data dashboard, 2015 data release)

  • the school is in the second quintile or above for progress, compared to similar and all schools for English and mathematic
  • compared to the most recently published national averages, the school is in the top quintile for attendance compared to all schools

(School performance tables, 2015 data release)

  • the school is
    • above the national average for expected progress in English and mathematics for low, middle and high attainers
    • in the top 20% nationally for Best 8 VA
    • above the national average for attainment in English and mathematics GCSEs combined, and 5 A* - C GCSES including English and mathematics for girls, boys and EAL pupils
  • disadvantaged students'
    • attainment is above the national and local authority average for disadvantaged students, for 5 A*- C GCSEs including English and mathematics
    • VA is higher than disadvantaged students nationally (RoL 2015 validated)
  • The Year 11 cohort make above expected and more than expected national progress at every transition point, where numbers of students are statistically significant, for English and mathematics.

For the 2017 cohort, the desktop process will be updated, in response to the new Progress and Attainment 8 measures.

We will inform you whether the nominated schools meet the updated criteria. If successful, we will agree with you a way to engage the head teacher. If not, the school will never know it was nominated. Furthermore, if the school is unsuccessful at this stage, they cannot be reconsidered until they can present a new data set, at the earliest, a year later.

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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