Quality Mark

Yew Tree Community School was awarded the Quality Mark for the fifth time in February 2015.

The basic skillsQuality 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 underattain.

What are basic skills?

Basic skills are defined as:‘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 10 elements of the Quality Mark

1.A whole school strategy and planning to improve performance in basic skills.

2.An analysis of the assessment of pupil performance in basic skills.

3.Target setting for the improvement of the school’s performance in basic skills.

4.Basic skills improvement planning for pupils underattaining and/or underachieving.

5.Regular review of the progress made by pupils underattaining and/or underachieving in basic skills.

6.A commitment to improving the skills of staff to teach and extend basic skills.

7. The use of a range of teaching approaches and learning styles to improve basic skills.

8.The use of appropriate teaching and learning materials to improve basic skills.

9.The involvement of parents and carers in developing their child’s basic skills.

10.An effective procedure for monitoring planning and assessing improvement in performance in basic skills.