The Primary and Early Years Quality Mark Award

Supporting and Celebrating Continuous Improvement in Bury Schools

The Primary Quality Mark is awarded to a school or setting to recognise their provision, practice and performance in numeracy and literacy, and is valid for three years. At the end of the three years, schools or settings can renew the award provided that the school or setting still meets the criteria for all ten elements and provides evidence that holding the award has had a positive impact on its provision and practice in basic skills.

There are many benefits to undertaking the Quality Mark award, please visit the Quality Mark website to see the various ways in how undertaking this award can strengthen, develop, promote and support your school, staff and learners.

The Early Years Quality Mark was developed in 2008 to make the award achievable by settings catering for young children, from birth up to age 5. It provides a framework for self-evaluation and continuous improvement of the skills, particularly in communication, language and mathematical development, of young children through activities suitable for the stage of development they have reached.

To find out about the benefits of undertaking the Early Years Quality Mark award, please visit the Quality Mark website.

The recommendation for a Quality Mark award can only be made by an accredited assessor through the Quality Mark Partnership. Bury Teaching Schools Alliance have a number of accredited assessors who are able to arrange a mutually convenient time to visit your school or setting. Please note that if your school or setting is due for a renewal, this is ideally done in the three months leading up to the expiration date. Assessments can be booked in advance, allowing schools or settings to complete the necessary work beforehand.

This, and further information on both awards can be found by visiting the Quality Mark Website. The Quality Mark is a registered logo that can only be used by currently accredited award holders. Individual schools or settings can display this logo in celebration of their award, and will also receive a Quality Mark plaque and award certificate. The cost to undertake the assessment is in line with the rates agreed by the Greater Manchester Learning Partnership.

Bury Teaching Schools Alliance work in partnership with the Alliance for the Quality Mark. For schools or settings who are considering undertaking the Primary and/ or Early Years Quality Mark award our contact details can be found when applying on the Quality Mark website. Useful Primary and Early Years documents are attached and our assessors can talk you through what is needed.

To book an assessment please contact us or complete and return the Expression of Interest Form below to Jo Seddon.

Further details can be obtained by contacting Jo Seddon via email ( or by telephone (0161 766 1597 Option 4).