Quality Mark

The Mantle of the Expert Quality Mark is a recognition of a practitioner’s and/or school’s commitment to the application of the approach into a teaching and learning setting. It is available to anyone working in education using Mantle of the Expert as a pedagogy.

There are three key aspects to the Mantle of the Expert Quality Mark:

  1. An ongoing commitment to the practice of Mantle of the Expert in an educational setting.
  2. An ongoing commitment to continuing professional development.
  3. A developing understanding of how Mantle of the Experts works as a pedagogy to support students’ learning.

The attainment of a Mantle of the Expert Quality Mark comes along a pathway of practice, participation, and contribution to the community, not as a merit accumulation system. There are no units or credits. Assessment is through observation and the accumulation of experience, usually evidenced through a portfolio or similar.

Quality Mark Pathway (click to enlarge)

 

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QUALITY MARK LEVELS

Training Schools are schools that have invested significant amounts of time and resources to develop their staff to an advanced level in the approach. They have demonstrated, through their planning, teaching, and assessment that they have a significant understanding of Mantle of the Expert and a commitment to using it as the leading pedagogy for wide areas of the curriculum.

If you would like to visit one of our Training Schools to discuss how Mantle of the Expert supports their students learning or to ask questions about teaching, planning, behaviour, assessment, or any other subject, then please do not hesitate to contact them. Several of the Training Schools hold regular Study Days where visitors are welcome to come and see the approach being used in the classroom. If you would like to attend one of these days please keep an eye on our Events page or contact the schools directly.

Quality Mark Trainers are long standing practitioners with a comprehensive understanding of Mantle of the Expert and a history of working in schools and other settings. Trainers continue to practise in classrooms, working with children and demonstrating Mantle of the Expert. They have a commitment to the research and development of Mantle of the Expert and regularly make contributions to the literature concerning the approach – writing for journals, newspapers, websites, and other media. Quality Mark Trainers run INSET days, workshops, and longer courses, frequently working with others from within the community and beyond.

Quality Mark Advocates are teachers with a deep understanding of Mantle of the Expert and an ongoing enthusiasm for using and developing the approach in their own classrooms. They are committed to sharing the approach with other teachers by running staff-meetings, workshops at conferences, teaching demonstration lessons, both in their own classrooms and others, support colleagues in their development of the approach, and have a willingness to share their planning with the wider community.

Quality Mark Ambassadors are educationalists with an extensive understanding of Mantle of the Expert, who use their role to promote the approach, support others as they develop their use and understanding, and have a passion for sharing their thoughts and experiences of Mantle of the Expert. Ambassadors might be school leaders, education advisors, academics working in universities, and others.

Quality Mark Advanced Practitioners are practitioners who have a long standing commitment to the Mantle of the Expert approach. Can demonstrate an advanced use of the approach in practice and have made a regular and significant contribution to the Mantle of the Expert community by writing, such as articles, blogs, and planning.

Quality Mark Practitioners are practitioners who have developed Mantle of the Expert in their classrooms and are using the approach regularly to develop children’s learning. Mantle of the Expert is integrated into their planning and forms a significant part of their practice. Quality Mark practitioners show a commitment to ongoing professional development in Mantle of the Expert and a willingness to share their experiences and thoughts with others.

Quality Mark Learning-Support and Teaching Assistants are support staff who have demonstrated an interest and a commitment to supporting teachers using Mantle of the Expert. They are will to step into role, use the language of Mantle of the Expert and support students inside and outside the imaginary world. Being willing to ‘suspend disbelief’ and ‘work as if’ are important aspects of this award.

Benefits of the Quality Mark
1. The Mantle of the Expert Quality Mark will enable schools and a range of user settings to select and attract high calibre teaching staff looking for institutions that are innovative, creative and holding an inquiry-based philosophy.
2. Holders of the Training School Mark Quality Mark will clearly indicate that the individual(s) or school/setting holding the award, publicly stands for more than an instrumental approach to learning and teaching and can demonstrate high levels of practices able to be shared in the wider educational community.
3. Practitioners, Advanced Users, Advocates, Ambassadors, Trainer(s), and Training Schools will be identified on the Mantle of the Expert website and will be the first to be approached to run and work on any of the National and International assignments.
4. The Mantle of the Expert Quality Mark will indicate that the school/setting is able to self-evaluate innovation in their curriculum. Such a feature will be useful for formal reviews of standards as in OfSTED processes for curriculum and teaching.
5. The Quality Mark criterion directly parallels the findings in the HMI evaluation of The Curriculum in the Most Successful schools (UK) as reported by Robin Hammerton HMI.
6. The Quality Mark protects the quality of the provision and development of Mantle of the Expert in the community of practice.
7. Educators qualifying for the QM will receive a QM certificate.

Quality Mark Awardees

Brookfield School | Ysgol Cae’r Nant, Deeside
Senior Leader Mantle of the Expert Ambassadors:

Karen Roberts
Nicky Kilpatrick
Quality Mark Practitioners:
Angela Morgan (Nursery)
Rachel Davies
Jody Williams
Ceri-Ann Benson
Jenifer Beck
Joanne Daley

Dogmersfield C.E. (Aided) Primary School, Hampshire
Senior Leader Mantle of the Expert Ambassador:
Dot Patton
Quality Mark Advocates:
Chris Frame
Toby Woods 

Priory Church in Wales School, Brecon
Mantle of the Expert Trainer:

Lynsey McCrohon
Quality Mark Practitioners:
Angela Howell
Claire Pugh
Shelley Hughes
Jan Davies
Jeanette Blain
Lisa Preece
Amie Jones
Amanda Blain
Quality Mark LSAs:
Marissa Childs
Mandi Orton
Liz Evans
Natalie Nickless
Andrea James
AnnMarie Morgan

St John’s Primary School, Newcastle
Mantle of the Expert Advocates:

Ian Gorman
Jacquie Hodgson
Quality Mark Practitioners:
Kelly Bewick
Guy Rundle
Rachael Gray
Miranda Shaw
Shelley Hynds

Woodrow First School, Redditch
Mantle of the Expert Trainer:

Richard Kieran
Lisa Hinton
Quality Mark Advocates:
Sebastian Benney
Ilse Williams
Justine Marshall
Quality Mark Practitioners:
Louise Allmark
Sue Howie
Sarah Ryall
Joanne Dodds
Yasmin Sleem
Louise Paxton
Mary Capron-Tee
Louise Chase
Emma Heynes
Helen Bailey
Dawn Tolley
Elaine Cole
QM SEN Lead Practitioner:
Sophie Davies
QM LSAs:
Alisa Morris
Chelsey Jones
Dawn Griffiths
Elizabeth Wilson
Kerry O’Mahoney
Louise Chase
Maxine Bridges
Pamela O’Mahoney
Rachel Matthews
Sarah Ellis
Sarah Simon

Bealings Primary School, Suffolk
Mantle of the Expert Advocate and Senior Leader Ambassador:
Duncan Bathgate
Quality Mark Advocate:
Julia Walshaw
Quality Mark Teachers:
Rachel Maitland
Joy Lowe
Kelly McLoughlin

Quality Mark Practitioners, Advanced Users, Ambassadors, and Advocates

Mantle of the Expert Advocates:
Ben Connor – St Maxentius Primary School, Bolton
Rosie Newland – Perryfields Infants, Chelmsford
Nicole Winter – St Nicholas Primary School, Wantage
Sweeney Matthew – Thorndown Primary School, St Ives
Helen Chapman – Morda Primary School, Shropshire
Jess Edwards – Reay Primary School, Lambeth
Chris Frame – Dogmersfield Primary School, Hampshire
Lucy Coates – Reay Primary School, Lambeth
Toby Woods – Dogmersfield Primary School, Hampshire
Helen Nash – Whaddon First School, Bucks
Dr. Debra Kidd – Author and Teacher

Quality Mark Practitioners:
Michael Holland – Sunnyhill Primary School, Steatham
Jonathan Parker – Dale Hall Community Primary School, Ipswich
Megan Quinn – Gospel Oak Primary School, London
Senior Leader Advocate: Ross McTaggart – Barnes Farm Junior School, Chelmsford

Bradshaw Primary School, Halifax
Mantle of the Expert Practitioners:
Kathryn Samuel
Julia Baker
Stuart Sutcliffe

Haut-Lac International Bilingual School, Switzerland
Mantle of the Expert Advocates:
Tamara-Ann Borge
Narcis Iniesta

International Mantle of the Expert Advocate:
Louise Ryan

Newlands Spring Primary School, Chelmsford
Mantle of the Expert Practitioners:
Jenny Lindop
Mandy Clifton

Rayne Primary School, Braintree
Mantle of the Expert Ambassador
Michelle Keeling
Mantle of the Expert Practitioner:
Louise Gregory

Elm Hall Primary School, Witham
Mantle of the Expert Practitioner:
Hannah Jarred
Attendance – Introduction to MoE:
Catherine Brown

Boreham Primary School, Chelmsford
Mantle of the Expert Ambassador:
Alan Bishop
Mantle of the Expert Practitioner:
Hannah Davies

St Pius Primary School, Chelmsford
Mantle of the Expert Practitioner:
Sarah Gray
Selina Denbigh

Great Leighs Primary School, Great Leighs
Mantle of the Expert Lead Practitioner:
Bethan Collins
Ellen Steward

Barnes Farm Junior School, Chelmsford
Mantle of the Expert Ambassador:
Hannah Steed
Mantle of the Expert Practitioner:
Michael Smart

Barnes Farm Infant School, Chelmsford
Mantle of the Expert Practitioner:
Sue White
Hannah Cleary

Perryfield Infant School, Chelmsford
Mantle of the Expert Lead Practitioner:
Stacey Fairbanks