The Inclusion Quality Mark Award provides UK schools with a nationally recognised validation of their inclusive practice and ongoing commitment to developing educational inclusion.
There are three award levels, beginning with the IQM Inclusive School Award. Two higher award levels are available to schools that continue to grow and develop their practice in conjunction with other like-minded schools – IQM Centre of Excellence Award and IQM Flagship School Award.
Working towards IQM Accreditation starts with registration
Once registered with IQM your school will be invited to complete the IQM Evaluative Framework; an evidence-based tool designed to encourage a process of self-evaluation and improvement. Support and feedback is provided throughout the process by the team at IQM. Completed Framework documents will be referred to at assessment stage and must demonstrate that Inclusion has a school-wide impact and is sustainable.
The IQM Award Process to Accreditation
IQM Award Stages
There are seven stages in the IQM Award process starting at registration through to accreditation – with the team at IQM available to provide support and feedback throughout.
Stage 1: Registration
Register your school today and start working towards IQM accreditation and get the recognition your school deserves.
Stage 2: Self-Evaluation
Begin work on the IQM Evaluative Framework designed to help you actively prepare your school for formal assessment.
Stage 3: Feedback
As you work on your self-evaluation report, the IQM team will provide the support you need to prepare for formal assessment.
Stage 4: Setting a date
When you’re ready to proceed with formal assessment – we agree a date for the IQM assessors to visit your school.
Stage 5: Formal Assessment
The IQM assessor will visit your school to carry out formal assessment; give verbal feedback and inform you of a draft decision.
Stage 6: Decision and Report
The final decision on the outcome of your assessment is confirmed by IQM and a full report is given to your school.
Stage 7: IQM Award
If your school meets the standard for IQM Accreditation you can start using the IQM logo on your website and printed materials.
There are over 5,500 schools in the UK who have either received an IQM Inclusive School Award, or are actively working towards meeting the standard required.
What People Are Saying
“13 years of commitment to schools promoting inclusive education for all – the IQM Award.”