The Quality Framework for Supplementary Schools is a voluntary quality recognition scheme, which is independent, peer-assessed and self-regulated. It is run for and by supplementary schools and those who support them. It aims to recognise, promote, celebrate, record the achievements of supplementary schools and support their improvement. Piloted with 24 organisations in 2006-2008, it has been available to all supplementary schools in England since 2009, to date 350 organisations have completed at least one level.
Quality Framework Awards are made at Bronze, Silver, Gold and Special Distinction levels.
The Quality Framework Awards focus on ten standards in supplementary education:
- teaching and learning,
- recording and celebrating achievement,
- monitoring and evaluation,
- stakeholder consultation,
- staff and volunteer management,
- safeguarding, and
- financial management
The National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRCSE) provides self-evaluation resources, online guidance and downloadable templates to every supplementary school upon joining the NRCSE. Contact details for mentor(s) providing support in the school’s local authority area are also provided but NRCSE can not guarantee the provision of mentor support within a particular time frame.
In order to qualify for a Quality Framework Award at any level a supplementary school must be a current member of NRCSE and have provided up to date information on the services it provides. This information is publicly available on the NRCSE Online Directory of Supplementary Schools, together with the level of Quality Framework achieved, unless the supplementary school has provided a written request not to be publicly listed.
Further information about the Quality Framework for Supplementary Schools, including the evidence required for each standard at each level, is available online www.supplementaryeducation.org.uk/quality-framework/