WCSQM accreditation stages assess the accuracy of the in-school assessment using the subscription app by testing the World Class characteristics of a selected student sample, in ‘real life’ and ‘real time.’ If a school has a minimum of 35% of their student cohort having completed all areas of the framework- the school is eligible to take part in the WCSQM assessment process and be officially awarded and recognised as a World Class School.

Eligibility criteria

Any school subscribed to the WCSQM characteristics framework app is eligible to apply for accreditation once they have reached the minimum usage threshold – this is a minimum percentage of the entire student cohort who have completed all areas of the characteristic framework on the app. The usage threshold of each school will determine which level the school can apply for, and if successful, be awarded, the Quality Mark.

Accreditation thresholds

Bronze – 35%
Silver – 50%
Gold – 75%

Stage 1 of the assessment process – video submission

The first stage of the assessment process is the completion and submission of ‘A Day in the Life of…’ video. The video, produced by a group of up to nine World Class Ambassador students, will demonstrate how World Class skills and competencies are evidenced, typically, on a day to day basis in school.

Note: The video submission is required only for schools accrediting for the first time. Once accredited, schools can re-accredit biennially by completing only the second stage of the assessment process – the Assessment Centre.

Watch the video below for a montage of the ‘A Day in the Life of…’ videos submitted by accrediting primary and secondary schools in 2019.

Stage 2 of the assessment process – the Assessment Centre

The Assessment Centre is a real-life project management day designed to assess the World Class characteristics of a sample of up to six students (different to the students producing the video for Stage 1) from each accrediting school. Assessment Centres run at different locations bi-annually in June and October so schools can choose the date and location that is most convenient. Accredited schools will need their students to successfully complete the Assessment Centre biennially to maintain accreditation.

Visit the Assessment Centre page for more information and details of past Assessment Centre events.

Assessment process – pricing

There is a one-off administration fee for each stage of the assessment process. As a charity we subsidise this fee as much as we are able.

Stage 1 – Assessment of the video submission £250
Stage 2 – Assessment Centre fee £250

(Schools applying for the first time will need to successfully complete both stages to achieve accreditation. Schools applying to maintain accreditation biennially will only be required to complete Stage 2).

Fees are payable prior to carrying out the assessment regardless of whether the school is successful in passing the assessment process.

Visit our pricing page for more information on the annual subscription cost, details of what’s included in the Assessment Centre cost, and optional moderation services you can use prior to applying for accreditation.

Accreditation levels

If you are successful in the assessment process you will be awarded the Quality Mark at either bronze, silver or gold level, depending on the number of students who have completed all areas of the framework on the app at the time of your application for accreditation. If the school’s usage has increased, the school can apply for a higher level at re-accreditation.

Assessment Reports

All schools undertaking the process, whether they are successful or otherwise, will receive a detailed assessment report on individual student / school performance with recommendations for development and improvement. If a school is successful in the assessment process, the school will be awarded the Quality Mark for two years. Staff and participating students are invited to accept an accreditation plaque at a dedicated Awards Ceremony.

If a school is unsuccessful, the assessment reports will outline areas of improvement that the school can use to give the school the best chance of success should the school choose to apply for accreditation again in the future. As long as the school fulfils the eligibility criteria (see point 1 above) it can re-apply for accreditation at any time.

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