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#BeCreative, 22nd April 2020 - a day for all World Class schools to showcase their students’ creativity. Download the flyer for more information on how you can get involved.

WCSQM Symposium, 8th July 2020 - at St Marylebone School, London

WCSQM Awards Ceremony 2019, hosted by Cambridge University, 13th December 2019

Awards Ceremony 2019 at Lady Mitchell Hall.
Awards Ceremony 2019 at Lady Mitchell Hall.

500 World Class school leaders, staff, students and their parents came together on 13th December for our annual evening of awards and celebration, held this year at the prestigious Lady Mitchell Hall, at Cambridge University, and hosted by DPR. This year’s event featured a range of pre-ceremony workshops and talks to help schools get the most from their visit, including an essay writing workshop from Dr Phil Knox, Faculty of English at Cambridge University, a session on life at Cambridge University led by Dr Glen Rangwala, Director of Admissions Trinity College, and a talk by one of our World Class lead schools, St Mary’s College, on how to capitalise on World Class accreditation.

The awards ceremony celebrated the accreditation of our 2019 cohort of World Class primary and secondary schools, with students taking to the stage to collect their plaque, to much applause from their teachers and peers. World Class students were also honoured and awarded across the following categories:

  • Essay writing competition winners and commendations
  • 2019 individual student achievement award
  • 2019 qualifying student assessors
  • The winning team and outstanding ambassador students from this year's assessment centre
  • The World Class school of 2019

Entertainment for the evening was provided by the very talented students from three of our World Class schools. We'd like to thank the following for their outstanding musical performances that helped make the evening such a success, and had the audience demanding an encore:

  • Tudor Grange Academy's jazz band
  • Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park's steel pan band
  • Humberston Academy's GLEE choir

Download a press release of the event for more information and a list of this year's award winners. A list of 2019 accrediting schools can also be found on our Schools page. Commended and winning essays can be found on our Essay Writing Competition page.

Awards Ceremony 2019 at Lady Mitchell Hall.
Chloe Smith, centre, winner of the 2019 student achievement award, with all the students shortlisted for the award.

WCSQM Symposium 2019 - a celebration of creativity

World Class CEOs, headteachers, Principals and school leaders came together for a session focusing on drawing up a blueprint on creativity in the curriculum.
World Class CEOs, headteachers, Principals and school leaders came together for a session focusing on drawing up a blueprint on creativity in the curriculum.

On 4th July World Class accredited King Ecgbert School in Sheffield hosted the annual WCSQM Symposium. The theme this year of 'World Class creativity' gave World Class leaders, staff, students and partners the opportunity to come together to share and enjoy creative workshops, presentations and case studies showcasing creativity in the curriculum.

Over a busy and inspirational day, delegates were invited to take part in over 30 different workshops, where staff and school leaders were inspired by World Class best practices from peer schools, students could learn about and get engaged in creative projects and hands-on practical activities and staff and students enjoyed a showstopping performance from King Ecgbert students during the closing ceremony.

In addition to the many workshops, World Class schools staff were invited to join tours of King Ecgbert School's impressive school grounds, school leaders came together to form a blueprint of creativity in the curriculum, secondary and special schools were accredited and reaccredited with the quality mark during a celebration awards ceremony and all delegates enjoyed an impressive and delicious BBQ lunch on the terrace, provided by event sponsors Aspens Services - an independent World Class catering provider to the education sector.

Download a press release of the event for more information and a list of accrediting and reaccrediting schools.

Gallery of event photos.

2018 Accrediting World Class Schools announced at the WCSQM Awards Ceremony

On 6th December, teachers, headteachers and students joined us at our annual WCSQM Awards Ceremony, held at Governor's Hall, St Thomas' Hospital in London, to celebrate the achievement of World Class students UK-wide. During the ceremony, attended by over 50 non-selective state schools from across the country, we celebrated the accreditation of 16 new secondary schools, our inaugural 7 World Class primary schools and two international schools. We also awarded the essay writing competition winner and the winner of our Individual Student Achievement Award, as well as celebrating the qualification of our recently qualified staff and student assessors.

Seven Kings School with staff

Staff and students at Seven Kings School in Ilford proudly accepting their accreditation award at the WCSQM Awards Ceremony.

You can download a press release of the Awards Ceremony and a list of all the award winners and accrediting schools can be found below

Visit our Schools page for more information on the 2018 accrediting secondary and primary schools.

Visit our Essay Writing Competition page for more information on our 2018 competition winners.

Assessment Centre 2018

Assessment centre ambassadors

On 1st November 25 schools, including primaries, secondaries and special schools, came together for the final stage of their accreditation application - the assessment centre. Hosted by Riverbank Academy special school, also applying for the Quality Mark this year, the assessment centre involved three world class students from each applicant school working in project teams on a real life renovation project. The challenge - to redevelop the Riverbank Academy school grounds to promote accessibility, independence and a love of learning for their students.

All 72 students undertook a challenging task requiring pre-event preparation and planning, on site design and practical work and the completion of a final presentation, brochure and video. Students were assessed against the WCSQM skills and competencies framework by our team of WCSQM assessors.

Days like that give me hope for the world. The special school/ mainstream school mix was an absolute triumph and all the students had a steep, rewarding and powerful learning curve which they all embraced with charm and enthusiasm.

Rozamund Webb, WCSQM Qualified Assessor

Schools successful in achieving accreditation will be announced and awarded at the WCSQM Awards Ceremony in London on 6th December.

Read more information on this year's assessment centre.

WCSQM Symposium 9th July, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, London

On Monday 9th July, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School (EGA) in London was host to WCSQM's annual Symposium. The event provided an opportunity for headteachers, deputy heads, senior teachers and students from World Class accredited schools across the country to share ideas, learn from each other and celebrate their accreditation.

200 staff and students from around 50 World Class schools UK-wide came together for:

  • An inspirational keynote talk from Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry, CBE
  • A keynote talk on mental health from corporate psychologist and psychotherapist Kate Nowlan, CEO of CiC
  • Student workshops and networking opportunities
  • Headspace and SLTspace sessions, giving decision makers the opportunity to share World Class best practice
  • A tour of EGA's unique learning space
  • An Awards Ceremony to accredit special schools for the first time, re-accredit World Class schools and award international accreditation

Following on from the student workshops focusing on mental health, our 'Achieving Good Mental Health' sheet here summarises the feedback and concerns raised by the students and some support, help and advice offered by leading EAP provider CiC, a supplier recommended by our World Class Schools.

We feel as a World Class School it is important to encourage discussion and not shy away from challenging topics. Business leaders are always asking schools to better develop the communication skills of young people. Therefore, this event is an important opportunity to reflect on issues that matter and give a platform for World Class students to debate from all sides of an argument. We look forward to hosting the other World Class Schools to this symposium and re-accreditation event.

Paul McIntyre, Assistant Headteacher, EGA

WCSQM is all about the students. World Class Ambassadors from their representative schools were instrumental in running the event on the day, taking on chairing, minuting, photography and videography roles, while also networking with their peers. Chelsea Academy Students Elif Karanis, Titus Takyi-Adarkwa and Tanya Dhliyawo, who last year received an outstanding achievement award for their consistently world class practice, opened the conference, introduced speakers, engaged with the student workshops and most importantly launched the WCSQM Alumni Association, a network of World Class alumni students.

We are 'putting our money where our mouth is' with this Symposium. It is genuinely, not tokenistically, run by the students. Every student here and any student that has worked with us and will work with us at WCSQM is automatically a member of our World Class Alumni Association. We are going to make sure that this association becomes a national force to be reckoned with. We are also particularly delighted to have special schools joining our network. None of our World Class schools would be World Class without them.

Miranda Perry, Director, WCSQM

The event provided a unique opportunity to hear from the inspirational world class artist and public speaker, Grayson Perry, whose humorous and thought provoking talk on 'Trusting your Intuition' provided the basis for students' discussion workshops throughout the morning. Psychotherapist Kate Nowlan inspired further discussion following her talks to staff and students, separately, on mental health in the classroom.

Thank you for hosting the World Class Symposium yesterday. Jenny, the girls and I enjoyed it very much. The girls are inspired to take the next step towards becoming ambassadors and we have a number of ideas for doing more with Student Voice, more around mental health and more to publicise the many opportunities we offer.

Kat Pugh, Headteacher, St Marylebone School, London.

WCSQM Director Miranda Perry concluded The Symposium thanking EGA school for hosting the event, both thought provoking speakers, Grayson Perry and Kate Nowlan and especially the World Class students whose participation on the day and hard work towards accreditation and re-accreditation had made their teachers so proud.

WCSQM is a UK charity working to accredit non-selective, Ofsted outstanding state schools across the UK with our quality mark accreditation. Accreditation is valid for two years and at the event's Awards Ceremony, 16 secondary schools will be collecting their award for re-accreditation, having proven their World Class status against the challenging WCSQM framework over a sustained period of time. We re-accredit every two years because we want to maintain quality. If the school does not re-accredit, the school is no longer World Class. We have also worked closely with some of the best special schools in the country to trial a new WCSQM special school framework. We have been trialling international accreditation and are very happy to be awarding our first international and special school awards.


Media contact: Miranda Perry

Director: WCSQM

World Class Schools Quality Mark is a UK charity. We are made up of some of the best non-selective state schools in the country. We are an award making body, which awards schools our quality mark according to whether the schools' students can demonstrate the skills and competencies of our assessment framework.

Tel: 07931755129


The 2018 WCSQM Re-accrediting schools

  • Alexandra Park School
  • Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of Schools
  • Bishop Ramsey CE School
  • Chelsea Academy
  • Cranford Community College
  • Darrick Wood School
  • Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School
  • Finham Park School
  • Harris Academy, Greenwich
  • Harris Academy, Chafford Hundred
  • Hayes School
  • Holland Park School
  • Rushcliffe School
  • St John the Baptist School
  • The Heathland School
  • Tudor Grange Academy
  • Wymondham College (deferred)

The 2018 First Adopter Special Schools

  • The Ashley School Academy Trust
  • Church Special Free School
  • Hazelbeck School
  • Stormont House School

2018 International Accrediting School

  • Cranford Community College

2018 International World Class School.

  • Ocheon Senior High School, South Korea

2018 Special Mentions

  • Beckfoot School
  • Clapton Girls' Academy
  • Claremont High School Academy
  • Hayes School

Titus, Elif and Tanya

World Class students and members of the WCSQM Alumni Association Executive Committee, Titus Takyi-Adarkwa, Elif Karanis and Tanya Dhliyawo were presented with a bouquet in appreciation for their World Class support at the Symposium, where they were also collecting the re-accreditation award on behalf of their school, Chelsea Academy.

World Class students celebrated at the WCSQM Award Ceremony

On 7th December 2017, Churchill College, Cambridge University hosted the annual WCSQM Award Ceremony. 180 staff and students from 32 World Class schools throughout the UK came together to celebrate their students' World Class achievements in 2017. For 16 schools, this was a ceremony to award them the World Class Schools Quality Mark accreditation, after making it through to the final assessment stage last month.

Overall achievement shortlist

16 of the 20 OFSTED Outstanding schools from across England applying for World Class status this year, were delighted to hear that they had passed the extremely demanding assessment process, undertaken by their students over the course of the year, which culminated in a challenging assessment day on 29th November.

We feel now that, after this process, every student involved can go on and do something World Class in their future.

World Class Student Adam Carter, UTC Reading

Throughout the process, the award assesses whether students are World Class, against a skills and competency framework unique to organisations, because it measures young people's readiness for the world of work and life in the 21st century.

Shortlisted essayists

The students this year were the best there has ever been. As a student who has gone through the process myself, it makes me want to up my game.

Teddy Thompson, Student Qualified Assessor, The Farnley Academy

WCSQM is all about the students. The assessment is of the students not the school and students who have already achieved World Class status can train as assessors for the Mark. This year,18 students from current World Class schools received their World Class Assessor Qualification at the Award Ceremony

It has been fascinating training up students as assessors. It has helped them develop highly refined skills of analysis and evaluation, which will be invaluable in the world beyond school.

Roz Webb, Qualified Assessor

Special mentions were given to this year's shortlisted essayists - students entering the annual World Class Schools' essay writing competition and for the first time, to students nominated for an 'Overall Achievement Award', recognising their outstanding World Class skills and contributions.

Qualified assessors

Congratulations go to Ella O'Loughlin, a student at Bishop Ramsey School in Ruislip, for winning the Essay Writing Competition and to Elif Karanis, Year 13 student at Chelsea Academy, who went home with the Overall Achievement Award. Benji Watkins, Year 13 student from Sandringham School, St Albans, got a special mention for his World Class services to the organisation.

The short-listed essayists all demonstrated those truly World Class skills of both a passion and a limitless curiosity, for their subject.

Dr. Jerry Toner

The Award Ceremony provides a unique opportunity for World Class schools to come together to recognise and celebrate the hard work and World Class abilities of their students. Headteachers, teaching staff, parents and pupils were also given the opportunity to join a tour of the College, led by Dr. Jerry Toner, Director of Studies for Classics, who also hosted a Q&A session on the Cambridge University application process.

We say to schools, if you are truly World Class, then you need to stand back and let your students prove it. And the students at this Award Ceremony tonight have proved it.

Miranda Perry, WCSQM Director

WCSQM would like to extend a special note of thanks to Churchill College, Cambridge, for hosting the event and to Dr. Jerry Toner for officiating. We would also like to thank all our World Class schools. We are delighted to have the opportunity to acknowledge and applaud everything that makes your school and students World Class.


Media contact: Miranda Perry

Director: WCSQM

World Class Schools Quality Mark is a not-for-profit organisation, with charity status pending. We are made up of some of the best non-selective secondary state schools in the country. We are an award making body, which awards schools our quality mark according to whether the schools' students can demonstrate the skills and competencies of our assessment framework.

Tel: 07931755129

The 2017 WCSQM Accredited schools

  • Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Kent
  • Forest Gate Community School, Newham
  • Kenilworth School and Sixth Form, Kenilworth
  • King Ecgbert School, Sheffield
  • Painsley Catholic College, Cheadle
  • Parkside Academy, Willington
  • Richard Challoner School, Kingston
  • Riddlesdown Collegiate, London
  • Sidney Stringer Academy, Coventry
  • St Mary's College, Hull
  • St Marylebone School, Marylebone
  • The Green School, Isleworth
  • The Holy Cross School, Kingston
  • UTC Reading, Reading
  • Wade Deacon School, Widnes
  • Whitburn C of E Academy, Whitburn

2017 nominees for the World Class Achievement Award

  • Benji Watkins, Sandringham School
  • Tanyaradzwa Dhliwayo, Chelsea Academy
  • Elif Karanis, Chelsea Academy
  • Titus Takyi-Adarkwa, Chelsea Academy
  • Ayo Oladeru, Clapton Girls' Academy
  • Emily Turner, Clapton Girls' Academy

The 2017 Essay Writing competition shortlist

  • Naomi Calvert, Beckfoot School
  • Ella O'Loughlin, Bishop Ramsey School
  • Millie Perry, Bury St. Edmunds County High
  • Lauryn Foster, Clapton Girls' Academy
  • Iga Jasinska, Finham Park School
  • Lucy Ryder, Ivybridge Community College
  • Eesha Gupta, President Kennedy School
  • Abigail Stewart, Sandringham School
  • Edie Kenningham Smith, St Albans Girls' School
  • Cameron Thompson, Wren Academy
  • Hafsa Mohammed, Clapton Girls' Academy
  • Shaimae Bakouh, Clapton Girls' School
  • Alexander Maislin, Hayes School
  • Daisy Mills, Hayes School
  • Emily Lawrence, Hayes School
  • Cora-Jane Jordon, Hayes School

2017 Qualifying Assessors

  • Ben Conroy, Ivybridge Community College
  • Richard Northover, Holland Park School
  • Ben Tuckley, Ivybridge Community College
  • Rae Tarbox, Holland Park School
  • Hannah Doe, Ivybridge Community College
  • Kendra Chuah, Holland Park School
  • Olivia Brown, Ivybridge Community College
  • Eva Terry, Holland Park School
  • Gill Taylor, Ivybridge Community College
  • Ellen McHugh, St Albans Girls' School
  • Jonathan Dakers, Rushcliffe School
  • Lara Hall, St Albans Girls' School
  • Haider Aslam, Rushcliffe School
  • Lorna Bradford, The Farnley Academy
  • Serena Norman Thomas, Rushcliffe School
  • Maisie Credland, The Farnley Academy
  • Alison Merrills, Sir Jonathan North Community College
  • Teddy Thompson, The Farnley Academy
  • Jasmin Stokes, Sir Jonathan North Community College
  • Tom Coates, The Farnley Academy
  • Tom Darling, Beckfoot School
  • Laura Moore, The Morley Academy
  • Alexandra Wood-Tonks, Beckfoot School
  • Francisco Larez, The Morley Academy
  • Cari Street, The Morley Academy

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Today, eight UK secondary schools achieved the status of 'World-Class' according to School Inspectors. The World Class Schools Quality Mark has put each school through a rigorous accreditation programme over the last six months culminating in today's announcement.

Announcing the awards, Miranda Perry, Co-Director of World Class Schools Quality Mark, said 'We are delighted to confirm these schools' success, in recognition of the incredible hard work and dedication of their staff and the achievements of their students. They have consistently demonstrated their ability to develop world-class students able to compete and thrive anywhere in the world. We look forward to working with them to share their expertise with schools and colleges internationally.'

Ofsted - the UK's school inspectorate - classifies school performance into four grades, from 1. Outstanding to 4. Inadequate. All eight schools had already been deemed Outstanding by Ofsted and were looking for a way to demonstrate that their schools had improved beyond Grade 1 since their previous inspections.

Responding to the announcement, Alan Gray, Head Teacher of the Sandringham School in St. Albans, said 'There are occasions in life when something comes along that matches perfectly with your current thinking. The World Class Schools Quality Mark is a great example of this. We were already defining our next steps beyond 'outstanding' and 'World Class' was the obvious choice.

'Being one of the first schools to be recognised with this prestigious award is a real privilege for us and one that we will embrace fully as an early ambassador for the programme. We hope that through this status, the quality of provision at English state schools is recognised on the World stage and supports our on-going drive to raise educational standards for all children, wherever they happen to live'.

World Class Schools Transformation

September 2014

A team of World Class students achieved the extraordinary feat of transforming the gardens of the local Islington primary school from a scene of dereliction to one of beauty.

The students, who attend the first schools ever to be awarded the prestigious World Class Schools Quality Mark, worked against the clock to make over the school's two significantly overgrown gardens and planters, in only one day.

Working with pupils from the primary school, Winton, the secondary students achieved an absolutely miraculous transformation, worthy of any 'ground force' makeover. Reviewing their hard work, one Winton Year 5 student said, 'Working so hard and doing all of this; making our school lovely. It's all I want.'

This was not, however, a one day wonder. The World Class students completed a comprehensive sustainability report, inspired by the headteacher of Winton andrew Rigby, whose key to success is ensuring all improvement, even improvements in the school's garden, are sustained and meaningful, never tokenistic. 'I was very impressed by the passion and enthusiasm demonstrated by the secondary students and our primary pupils,' commented Mr Rigby. 'We are now interested in making sure the impact of their hard work is lasting.'

The good news is, as a direct result of the makeover, Winton has set up a gardening 'nurture' group, innovative in its purpose, to develop pupils' social interaction, confidence and leadership. The pupils will be able to take pride in a beautiful garden and have experience of genuine responsibility. They will be in charge of the garden's maintenance and consequently responsible for its success.

World Class Schools Quality Mark is a brand new quality mark that recognises state secondary schools which have gone beyond 'outstanding' and are exceptional, compared to international standards. The philosophy behind the Mark is that it is the calibre of the student which proves the calibre of the school. If the school is truly World Class then its students will be able to own and demonstrate World Class qualities regardless of context.

The makeover was part of the World Class Schools Quality Mark's unique assessment process. The World Class students were assessed on the capabilities and skills they demonstrated on taking sole responsibility for setting up the makeover, consulting with the primary school, establishing relationships with the primary pupils and meeting the target of a complete, marvellous transformation.

World Class Schools Quality Mark first event

February 2014

The first event for the World Class Schools Quality Mark took place at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, on Thursday February 6th 2014. In attendance were the 'early adopter' World Class schools, who will be the first schools in England to be awarded the World Class Schools Quality Mark.

Welcoming the participants, Paul Chirico, Senior Tutor of Fitzwilliam College, said how pleased he was that the college was hosting the event and how Cambridge was always interested in what makes learners outstanding.

Activities, centred around consultation on what makes a student World Class, were led by students from the 'early adopter' schools. Each head teacher was not only accompanied by a student that they deemed to be World Class, but also a parent and a business partner, interested in the World Class agenda.

Ed Newman, a parent from Wren Academy, stimulated debate with his proposal that parents want their children to develop curiosity about the world and a respect for ethics and morality, while Jane Cornthwaite, Young Enterprise Business Adviser at Sandringham School, discussed the competencies employers most value in potential employees.

The highlight of the event was undoubtedly the extra-ordinary talent of the World Class students attending. While Harry Stone from Bury St Edmunds County Upper School impressed upon his audience the importance of students believing in themselves and having a desire to learn, Marguerite Frisby from Clapton Girls' Academy discussed with a group of head teachers the differences between a World Class school and a World Class student.

Dr Jerry Toner, Director of Studies for Classics, Churchill College Cambridge, who was treated to an impressive presentation by student Ssuuna Golooba-Mutebi, from Nower Hill High School, commented, 'I am just amazed by the confidence, professionalism and high-level communication skills these students possess. They absolutely stole the show.'

'Early adopter' schools, who will be awarded the Quality Mark later this year

  • have been deemed 'outstanding' by Ofsted
  • are outstanding with regard to a specific context, for example, regionally, or within a given specialism
  • in comparison to national averages, have a track record of outstanding pupil achievement at Key Stage 4
  • develop World Class students in ways that are ground-breaking
  • represent a diversity of outstanding provision nationally
  • demonstrate a commitment to bringing about improvement through partnership.

Media contact: Miranda Perry

Encl: four images

Notes: 'Early adopter' schools

  • Ashcroft High School, Luton
    • Head teacher: Monica Austin
    • Student: Matthew Hall
  • Bury St Edmunds Academy Trust, Suffolk
    • Head teacher: Vicky Neale
    • Student: Harry Stone
  • Clapton Girls' Academy, Hackney
    • Head teacher: Cheryl Day
    • Student: Marguerite Frisby
  • Claremont High School Academy, Middlesex
    • Head teacher: Terry Malloy
    • Students: Amar Shan, Sriluxmi Srimurgan
  • Nower Hill High School, Middlesex
    • Head teacher: Chris Livesey
    • Student: Ssuuna Golooba-Mutebi
  • Sandringham School, Hertfordshire
    • Head teacher: Alan Gray
    • Student: James Riding
  • The Forest Academy - Beal High School, Redbridge
    • Executive head teacher: Sue Snowden
    • Head teacher: Will Thompson
  • Wren Academy, Barnet
    • Head teacher: Michael Whitworth
    • Student: Fred Newman

06/02/14 Consultation Event - What constitutes a World Class student?

Consultation Event Venue: Fitzwilliam College Time: 9.30am - 1.00pm

Consulting on:what constitutes a World Class student.Date: February 6th 2014
Venue:Fitzwilliam College
The Reddaway Room
Time: 9.30am - 1.00pm

Please use either car park and report to the porter's lodge.


9.30am Welcome to Fitzwilliam College Dr Paul Chirico Senior Tutor
Fitzwilliam College
9.35am Welcome to the World Class Schools Quality Mark Miranda Perry

Presentations in response to the question 'What makes a World Class student?' from:

  • Dr Jerry Toner, Director of Studies Classics,ChurchillCollege
  • Ed Newman, Parent, WrenAcademy
  • Jane Cornthwaite, Young Enterprise Business Adviser, SandringhamSchool

Consultation activity 1*

In response to the Quality Mark's definition of a World Class student, groups consider what constitutes World Class.

Groups: school specific, plus guests

Group facilitator: student.

10.45am Students present their school's responses from activity 1 to role specific groups Groups: role specific - headteachers, non-education sector partners, parents, guests
11.00am Coffee
11.20am Presentation and questions - the Quality Mark's model of operation Miranda Perry
11.40am Presentations from attending World Class students* What influences from your school have helped develop you into World Class students?
12.10pm Questions and answers
12.30pm Closing speech Miranda Perry

N.B. We will be taking photographs at this event for our website. We will not be taking photographs of students individually and identifying them on the website.

* Joining Instructions: Students

We are delighted that you can come to the consultation event. As you can see from the agenda, you have a big part to play.


Consultation activity 1

In response to the Quality Mark's definition of a World Class student, groups consider what constitutes World Class.

Groups: school specific

Group facilitator: student.

For this part of the activity, you will be working in your school groups, with the headteacher, parent and non-education sector representative and possibly a guest. You will be facilitating the activity.

Your group will be given an enlarged version of the materials for activity 1, which are enclosed and which are a draft framework for what makes a World Class student.

Your task as a group will be to consider the draft framework and see what you think of it. You will be given these prompts to do this:

  • prioritise
  • amend
  • add
  • subtract

You don't have to use them.

As a facilitator you need to

  • keep your group on task
  • keep to time
  • make sure everybody's ideas are captured in a way that you can use for the next activity and hand in to us at the end of the event
  • be in a position to feedback your responses to the next group.

You will have a flip chart and pen to use for this part of the activity if you want to.

You have half an hour for this part of the activity.


present their school's responses from activity 1 to role specific groups

Groups: role specific - headteachers, non-education sector partners, parents, guests

For this part of the activity, you will stay where you are. Role specific groups will come to you. They could be a group of head teachers, non-education sector partners, parents, or guests at the event.

Your task will be to

  • feed back to this new group on the responses from the first part of the activity.
  • answer any questions.
  • capture the questions and answers in some way that can be handed in to us at the end of the event.

You will have a flip chart and pen to use for this part of the activity if you want to.

You will have 15 minutes for this activity.


Presentations from attending World Class students

What influences from your school have helped develop you into World Class students?


Questions and answers

At 11.00am coffee time, you will adjourn with the other students to a break out room. You then have 40 minutes to prepare your presentation. You will need to

  • organise into two groups
  • plan and rehearse one presentation per group to last 10 minutes
  • consider and prepare for possible questions.

You will have a flip chart and pens to use for your presentation if you want to.


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