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
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.
|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|
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.
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