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Inclusive Quality Mark (IQM)

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The Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) is a tool that helps schools and educational settings improve their inclusivity. It certifies good inclusive practices and reflects the ideas of our local community, schools, parents, and children's services staff.

The goal of our local IQM is to:

  • inspire our local education community to develop, demonstrate, and celebrate good inclusive practice across the region
  • provide a focused way to share resources and evidence of what works
  • show parents that a school is genuinely committed to positive outcomes for vulnerable and marginalized students, including those with special educational needs (SEND)

The IQM includes:

  • 7 standards to uphold and maintain, in order to stay certified
  • support for ways to maintain standards, assess needs and monitor impact
  • IQM partner settings to help coach and celebrate change
  • a community of best practice to network with

Our 7 Inclusion Quality Mark standards are:

  • welcoming school and ethos
  • emotional wellbeing, safeguarding and feeling safe
  • leadership
  • collaboration, participation and partnership
  • opportunities and adjustments
  • monitoring, teaching and learning
  • entries and exits (transitions)

Our IQM was developed in collaboration with the BCP Council Youth Forum, local schools, parent and carer groups, and children's services staff.

For more information about the IQM and to explore opportunities to get involved, please get in touch with one of our team at

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