Yew Tree Primary Academy in Halewood has once again retained the prestigious Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) for the third year in a row – Flagship status – following an online review in May.
What is the Inclusion Quality Mark?
The Inclusion Quality Mark Award provides UK schools with a nationally recognised validation of their inclusive practice and ongoing commitment to developing educational inclusion.
Inclusion promotes equal opportunities for all pupils, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment and background. It pays particular attention to the provision made for, and the achievement of, different groups of pupils within a school and any pupils who are at risk of disaffection and exclusion.
What does the assessment cover?
The IQM assessment covers a range of criteria including the school’s vision, the learning environment, learner progress and the impact of teaching, learner attitudes and values, as well as safeguarding and wellbeing considerations.
What were the key findings?
The Flagship status endorses the inclusive practice that permeates throughout the whole school, as well as reflecting on last year’s focus which was wellbeing.
The inspection report highlighted that the school and its staff continue to work very hard to give their pupils the best education possible and a superb level of pastoral care so that they learn well and are happy in school. This is achieved through a superb commitment to providing the most inclusive of environments for all pupils and staff, encapsulated most recently by their adoption of a new vision that has built upon their previously excellent inclusive vision and the values that have come from this, where everyone in the school, pupils and staff alike “strive to create a school community where children and adults DREAMBIG to achieve Excellence for All”.
Inspectors also noted that everyone involved is committed to providing the very best experiences which not only develops the pupils’ knowledge and skills, but an enjoyment of learning as well.
The professionalism of leaders, governors and staff is palpable and there was clear evidence of this in the manner in which they responded so positively to the possibility of an online review amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
The report concludes “It is clear to see that Yew Tree Primary Academy continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its pupils, staff and community and is a superbly inclusive, enjoyable and very friendly place for all to come to work and learn. The school continues to move from strength to strength in terms of its superb inclusive practice and I am firmly of the opinion that the school fully meets the standard required by the Inclusion Quality Mark to maintain its status as a Flagship School.”
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.
Inspectors concluded that Yew Tree Primary Academy is awarded the highest accolade – IQM Flagship School Award.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said “This is a fantastic achievement for Yew Tree Primary Academy and demonstrates their outstanding model of inclusive practice; their willingness to collaborate, share and develop new and innovative practice. They have demonstrated this over a period of time and I am incredibly proud that they have achieved the prestigious Flagship status – well deserved and well done!”