2018 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.

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. For 2018 accreditation, WCSQM evaluates 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

(School performance tables, 2018 release of 2017 data, interpreted in conjunction with relevant statistical releases)

  • the school is above the national average for their
    • progress 8 score
    • attainment 8 score
    • grade 5 or above percentage in English & mathematics GCSE
    • grade 4 or above percentage in English & mathematics GCSE
    • progress 8 score for low-, middle- and high- attainers, compared to national progress 8 score for all
    • progress 8 score for girls and boys, compared to national progress 8 score for all
    • progress 8 score for pupils with English as an additional language
  • the school is in the top quartile for progress 8 compared to similar schools

(School performance tables, 2015 & 16 data, interpreted in conjunction with relevant statistical releases)

  • the school is above national for progress and attainment overall, for key indicators

In exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to schools that do not meet all the above criteria if, (for example) the school

  • is a type of provider where progress and attainment 8 scores are not necessarily the most appropriate measures to assess the performance of pupils, in the case of, for example, a UTC
  • significantly out-performs other institutions in its region, particularly in terms of progress
  • bucks performance trends, particularly in terms of progress, in local authorities where performance overall is significantly below national averages
  • is non-selective in a selective region, and out performs its neighbouring selective institutions, particularly in terms of progress
  • has recently and dramatically improved, as evidenced through a recent ‘outstanding’ Ofsted judgement, having previously not been deemed as ‘outstanding.’

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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