In order to receive your National SMSC Quality Mark award level your school will need to apply for verification. This can only be requested once you have submitted your completed self-review tool online.

The verification process involves one of our team of verifiers attending your school for 3.5 hours to review and validate your school’s assessment. During this time the verifier will also provide you with ideas to improve your provision moving forward.

‘So many quality marks are laborious and the providers do not provide much support, but I felt with this Quality Mark I was supported and all the work I had done had been very purposeful and not at all onerous.’       Headteacher, Hillcrest Primary School

What happens?

Upon payment of the verification fee you will be contacted to arrange a suitable date for the verifier’s half-day school visit. You will be sent the suggested timetable (seen below) which you will be asked to tailor to suit your school day.

         Time          Action
 8:55 Verifier arrives at school
 9:00-9:20 Meeting Headteacher & SMSC Lead
 9:20-9:50 Brief tour of the School led by pupils / SMSC lead? (30 mins max)
 9:50-10:40 Meeting pupils (group of 8-10 pupils) from a variety of year groups and preferably not all school council members.
 10:40-11:10 Meeting with Governors and/or parents
 11:10-12:10 Meeting with SMSC Lead to discuss findings from self-review tool in more depth
12:10-12:30 Meeting with Headteacher / SLT / SMSC Lead to conclude findings, strengths, any areas for development and discuss the final level
12:30 Depart


The verifier’s role is primarily one of affirmation, to support the school’s own self-reflection. The verification visit provides an independent, expert triangulation of the self-review and ensures that the schools’ assessment is in line with national guidance and with other schools across the country.

Within five working days of the school visit, the SMSC Co-ordinator/Headteacher will be notified of the agreed final level once it has been confirmed by the SMSC Quality Mark panel. Schools will then be presented with a certificate and will be entitled to use the logo on their print and digital communications, i.e. school website, official school documentation and prospectuses.

Options and costs:

As there are a limited number of specialists covering the whole country, we may need to charge travel costs for your verifier depending on the location of your school. This will be discussed and agreed when you book your verification.

  1. Verification: £495.00* + VAT 
  2. Verification Plus (includes consultation with SMSC lead/Headteacher): £695.00* + VAT


What’s the benefit of Verification Plus?

Verification Plus provides the school with a consultation visit prior to the verification visit. During the 90-minute consultation the SMSC Lead and/ or Headteacher will have the opportunity to discuss their completed self-review tool with a verifier to seek guidance, support and ideas to further strengthen the school’s provision of SMSC before the verification visit takes place.

We ask that the consultation meeting be booked at least 2 months prior to the verification visit in order to allow the school plenty of time to address the points of action raised.

‘The consultation session before our SMSC accreditation was extremely helpful in clarifying exactly what would be expected on the day and in giving me practical and meaningful advice for how to improve upon our SMSC provision within the school. Our conversation on the day was purposeful and I appreciated Sian taking a keen, genuine interest in how our school helps to develop students’ understanding of SMSC issues, as well as steering us in the right direction towards gaining our Gold award. Having the consultation prior to the accreditation was definitely advantageous.’  SMSC Lead, Burntwood Secondary School

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Our verification team

Yvonne Richards

Chair of panel

Yvonne is Director of Programmes and Learning at Young Citizens.

Victoria Quijada

Quality Mark Manager

Victoria has been involved in education for over 15 years, mainly as a primary teacher.

Abbie Underwood


Abbie is a SMSC leader within an all through academy, who received the first SMSC Gold Quality Mark.

Arnet Donkin


Arnet works as an education consultant, interim headteacher and playback theatre trainer/actor.

Brian Crisell


Brian’s MA dissertation was based on Spiritual Development in the secondary School curriculum

David Brandrick


David is currently SMSC strategic lead across a number of schools within a trust.

David Rees


David believes that self-confidence and self-esteem are essential to learning.

John Meredith


John has worked in education for over 20 years, both in England and Wales.

John Rees


John is passionately committed to enhancing the achievement and life chances of young people.

Kerry Hill


Kerry is head teacher at Eyres Monsell Primary School, a city school in Leicester.

Mai Kennedy


Mai has worked in Education for over 20 years and has been a County Consultant for PSHE and RSE.

Mal Krishnasamy


Formerly a senior leader in London, Mal is an independent education consultant & executive coach.

Meg Marshall


Meg recently retired from headship, having moved two schools ofsted results from RI to Good.

Rachel Tomlinson


Rachel Tomlinson is the headteacher of Barrowford Primary School in East Lancashire.

Roy Huggins


Roy is a an outstanding teacher with 26 Years of experience of working in challenging schools.

Russell Stanley


Russell works across the country supporting schools as an independent PSHE consultant and advisor.

Safiyya Ahmed


Safiyya Ahmed is an experienced school leader and former deputy head teacher.

Sandra Saint


Sandra is a co-Director of Golden Tree CIC and an advocate of positive personal development.

Siân Rowland


Siân Rowland,is a former deputy head teacher and Local Authority adviser.