Students are at the centre of all our activities at WCSQM. World Class students not only participate in the assessment process in a bid to achieve World Class accreditation for their school, they can also apply to carry out the assessment of their accrediting peers once they have successfully passed the process.

The WCSQM Virtual Assessor Training Programme

All accredited World Class schools are invited and encouraged to offer students the opportunity to participate in the WCSQM Assessor training programme. The programme is

  • modular, flexible and online so students can schedule its completion around other commitments

    Qualifying assessors from Sneinton Primary School, President Kennedy School and Sidney Stringer Academy were awarded at the WCSQM Symposium July 2022
  • self-contained and designed for students to participate independently either in school or at home
  • workload light for the supporting school staff member/s

The programme provides students 

  • completing it with an individualised endorsement from WCSQM outlining the World Class characteristics developed and demonstrated through its completion, ideal for further education and employment applications and personal statements
  • who are using our app with evidence against a range of characteristics
  • with unique and endorsed project management experience 

Download an overview of the benefits of assessor training for staff and students

The programme includes a number of sequential modules. At the start of the programme staff will need to print a pack of materials for each participating student for their reference throughout the programme, and complete an assessor sign-off form as the programme progresses. 

The 2022 cohort of qualified assessors at the Assessment Centre March 2022

All other materials are available virtually with recorded slide decks for ease of use and lesson plans to assist supporting staff, which indicate where staff need to facilitate a group discussion.

Time commitment

    Module  Time Commitment 
Introduction 15 mins 
1.  App Assessment  1.5 hours
2. Self-Audit Assessment  1.5 hours
3. Assessment Centre  2 hours
4. Quality Assurance  1 hour
Total time commitment: 6 hours 15 minutes 

Training for each module can be run as one session or split into 2 shorter sessions if more convenient. 

Celebrating our Qualified Assessor 2022 who assessed to a standard that amazed us. Beyond #worldclass! Navil Ahmed, Moor End Academy

Schools can sign students up to undertake the training programme at any time. We suggest having a minimum of 6 students participating in the training each time to get the most benefit. Each term WCSQM will schedule a meeting for supporting staff to outline how the programme works and provide support. 

Students must complete the full programme and be signed-off by their school in order to work for WCSQM as an assessor. Assessors are allocated to assessment projects termly, so students who have successfully passed the process will be contacted with relevant assessment opportunities from the term after they have completed their training.  Once allocated work as an assessor the WCSQM Assessment Manager will arrange regular meetings to support assessors with their work.

What’s it like to be a World Class assessor?

This short video featuring the students volunteering as WCSQM assessors at the 2022 Assessment Centre shares their motivation for taking on the role and how they’ve found the experience.

2022/23 Assessment Dates

WCSQM Assessments are carried out termly over a 6-7-week assessment period. Once qualified, assessors will be contacted a term in advance with details of the next available assessments they can sign up for. Qualified / qualifying assessors can use the upcoming assessment term dates (below) to schedule in your assessments. Assessors will be invited to take on assessments a term in advance.

Autumn term assessment period: 26th September – 11th November 2022 (App assessments / self-audits)

Spring term assessment period: 20th February – 31st March 2023 (App assessments)

Summer term assessment period: 1st May – 16th June 2023 (App assessments)

Our Assessment Team

Roz Webb – WCSQM Training Manager

We are not currently taking on new assessors. If you are a student or staff member participating in the assessor training process and need support please contact


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