Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM)
Woodhill is an Inclusion Centre of Excellence!
This year Woodhill was awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) and Centre of Excellence award after undergoing a two-day assessment in July 2018.
What is the IQM?
The Inclusion Quality Mark provides schools with a nationally recognised framework to guide their inclusion journey. The IQM team help schools evaluate and measure how they are performing; empowering them to improve and grow. And when they’re successful, we recognise their achievement through a system of highly valued awards that provide external validation of their inclusive status.
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. At Woodhill we strive to ensure the needs of all children are central to all that we do.
‘Children who have certain needs are very well supported by the school and parents highly praised the school’s practice. The staff work tirelessly to ensure their needs are met and the families feel reassured’. IQM report 2018
What is a centre of excellence?
Becoming a Centre of Excellence is an opportunity for schools to build on the success of being one of the very special schools which holds the Inclusion Quality Mark award. A Centre of Excellence brings schools together to share and build on their existing good practice in inclusion best practice.
Around 240 schools in the UK have met the standard required to become an IQM Centre of Excellence for outstanding levels of inclusion best practice and now Woodhill is one of them!
‘The pupils who attend Woodhill are fortunate to belong to such an inclusive school. They are happy children who are respected and valued’.
‘Inclusion is deeply embedded in Woodhill. From the moment one enters the building the visitor knows that all the stakeholders support the inclusive ethos of the school’.
‘Transition between each year group is carefully planned to start with a circle time in the child’s present class. The following day they meet their new teacher and the parents are invited in. SEN childrens’ transition starts with social stories and the children spend as much time as required with their new teacher going to their new class sometimes with their parent’.
If you would like to read our IQM report in full please click HERE.
IQM in the future
The IQM Flagship School Award is only awarded to around 100 UK schools and this is only achieved after a school has held their IQM Centre of Excellence status for at least three years. We look forward to continuing our development as an inclusive school and becoming an IQM Flagship School in the future.