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The Basic Skills Quality Mark and Early Years Foundation Stage

The Basic Skills Quality Mark is an award that celebrates and supports continuous improvement in literacy and numeracy. It is awarded to a school to recognise their provision, practice and performance in literacy and numeracy. A school must demonstrate a whole school approach to improving standards in literacy and numeracy, with evidence of the impact of its approaches.

The Basic Skills Quality Mark is an award which provides a framework that promotes, supports and celebrates the improvement of literacy, language and mathematics, sometimes also referred to as ‘basic’ or ‘functional’ skills. It supports the school’s self-evaluation processes and continuous improvement of skills, particularly in communication, language and mathematical development, of young children through activities suitable for the stage of development they have reached.


ICT Mark

It is awarded to schools who  demonstrate effective use of technology. Schools use this award to drive change in the use of technology.



Eco Schools – Silver

Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.



Gardening Award – Level 2

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening aims to encourage and support schools to develop and actively use a school garden. 

Healthy Schools

The Healthy School award recognises and celebrates schools that are making a difference for their pupils. It is awarded to schools who can show that they support pupils to lead a healthy lifestyle – to make healthy food choices at lunchtime, to be active at and on the way to school.  More widely, schools can help children learn about their health, and develop their motivation and self respect to make healthy choices. The benefits go beyond health.  We know that when children are healthy and happy at school, they can achieve more.

Sing Up Award – Platinum

The Sing Up Award is for schools that provide a clear framework to develop the provision of singing activity in schools. It is awarded to schools that encourage singing inside and outside the classroom.

It is an award which promotes singing throughout the whole school through giving the pupils, staff and the school community something to work towards collectively. It helps schools to gain recognition for the work that they do and links them into a community of peer support. The award is for schools who integrate singing into the wider development of the school and other school initiatives.

There are three Sing Up Awards: Silver, Gold and Platinum.

AfPE Quality Mark

The AfPE Quality Mark recognises, through a succinct self – review and evaluation process, the strength and quality of physical education and sport in the school. It raises the profile of the subject and the school both locally and nationally and promotes high quality work that is being undertaken on a day to day basis. High quality physical education and sport makes a difference to the learning and experiences of children and young people both within the subject and more widely across the curriculum.

Sainsbury’s Games Mark Gold

The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark.



Rights Respecting School Award

The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers / adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.


CPD Award – Gold

The Professional Development Quality Mark (PDQM) was developed by a group of school leaders of professional development in London schools in partnership with the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the IOE. It aims to support colleagues in London’s educational organisations through offering a framework to develop and improve the strategic leadership of professional development and supporting organisations to offer high quality professional development opportunities which have an impact on teaching, learning and well-being.

Arts Mark Award – Gold


Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme to enable schools to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision.



International Mark

The British Council International School Award supports your school in embedding international learning into the curriculum. Working towards it gives pupils and teachers a new perspective on the world, and the skills to work in a global economy.

Centre of Excellence - Inclusion Quality Mark

The IQM draws together many aspects of the school including; values, pupil performance, environment and teaching. It also takes on the views of pupils, staff, governors and the community. There is a particular emphasis on reviewing the work of the school in respect of children with SEN, disabilities and additional needs but this is set within the context of the whole school.


Institute of Education Specialist Partner – Research and Development

The Institute of Education values its partnerships with schools and is committed to supporting the professional learning and development of all members of staff to improve outcomes for children and young people. The IOE’s partnership work with schools is underpinned by their world class research. The IOE School Partnerships Awards recognise the strength and success of such partnerships in:

• Initial Teacher Education (ITE)
• Professional and leadership development
• Research and development

360 E-Safety Mark Award

The 360 Degree E-Safety School Award is a benchmarking toolkit that accredits schools as having outstanding teaching and learning in internet safety across all curriculum areas, also has a range of e-safety procedures in place to safeguard all pupils.


International School Award - Outstanding Level

The British Council International School Award (ISA) is a benchmarking scheme that accredits schools as having an outstanding level of support for nurturing global citizenship in young people and enriching teaching and learning.

It has a positive impact on not just pupils, but also the teachers and school in entirety. International work and the Global Dimension are an integral part of our School Improvement Plan and involve leadership challenge, fostering teambuilding, innovation, and project management. The Glebe International Team and staff are committed and motivated to improving teaching standards in the school and to continue to embed global themes in the curriculum. 

Leading Parent Partnership Award

The Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA) recognises schools who deliver effective parental engagement. Through this award we have focused on improving pupil progress, punctuality, attendance and behaviour and increased parental involvement in school life.​

Governor Mark

Governor Mark is a national award which provides external evaluation of the quality of governance in schools. The achievement of this award recognises that the Governing Body strives for excellence and that it conducts its business efficiently and effectively to ensure the school achieves the best outcomes for children.

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