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Sir Jonathan North College

Sir Jonathan North College

World Class Schools Quality Mark (WCSQM) Symposium 2018

On Monday 9 July 2018, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School (EGA) in London hosted the WCSQM’s annual symposium. The event provides 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 including representatives from Sir Jonathan North from around 50 World Class schools came together for:

  • A keynote talk from Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry, CBE
  • A keynote talk on mental health from corporate psychologist and psychotherapist Kate Nowlan, CEP of CiC
  • Student workshops and networking opportunities
  • Headspace and SLT space sessions, giving decision makers the opportunity to share World Class best practice and discussionof key issues of the day
  • 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.

WCSQM is all about the students. World Class Ambassadors from their representative schools helped run the event on the day, and were networking with their peers. The event saw the launch of 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 out network. None of our World Class schools would be World Class without them.’ Miranda Perry, Director, WCSQM

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.

Alison Merrills