Basic Skills Quality Mark Award

Basic Skills Quality Mark 2016-2019

We are delighted that we have recently been awarded the Basic Skills Quality Mark from May 2016-2019. This award is valid for three years.

The BSQM Assessor, Mr Paul Bradshaw of Liverpool School Improvement visited our school on Tuesday 24th January 2017 and said,  ‘On the day, I was privileged to sample an abundance of evidence that clearly demonstrates St Ambrose Catholic Primary School’s desire to ensure that the development of Basic Skills is one of the keys to preparing children for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences for later life’.

Paul also said, ‘The behaviour of pupils during the learning walk was exemplary. Children were enthusiastically involved in their learning, keen to share what they were doing and rightly proud of their school; there was a demonstrable air of a school that provides a happy and secure environment where children can acquire skills and develop their imagination and appreciation of the world’.

The 10 Primary Quality Mark elements are as relevant today for school improvement as they were originally. The fundamental principles of the Primary Quality Mark process, such as the involvement of the whole school community, self-review and targeted intervention, have now become central to any school’s improvement agenda, regardless of its context.

The Primary Quality Mark provides a framework for self-evaluation and continuous improvement of the basic skills all pupils in a school. This includes both those who under achieve and those whose attainment is lower than would be expected of someone of their age.

Basic Skills Quality Mark, elements 1, 2 and 6 were evidenced for this renewal.

The 10 elements

  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 under attaining and/or underachieving.
  5. Regular review of the progress made by pupils under attaining 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.

Congratulations to all the staff at St Ambrose who have worked so hard to achieve this Award and for all their efforts in raising the profile of basic skills in school!