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To recognise the work of nurture groups that have been running for two years or longer, the Nurture Group Network runs an accreditation scheme for excellence in nurturing: The Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award.
The QMA is a real honour for the schools that own it, reflective not only of the hard work of the students but the dedication of the staff, and provides a hard evidential base for the oft-quoted statement that nurture works.
Since the inception of the Quality Mark Award in 2007, more than 100 establishments have successfully achieved the award across the UK, with many now seeking re-accreditation. Rathcoole Primary School is one of only five in Northern Ireland. Many schools have already achieved re-accreditation with some excellent practice now embedded into their whole school approach.
The process of achieving the QMA ensures that there is an evidential base of good practice set against national standards, which is not only useful for inspections, but also planning, reviewing and reflecting on effective practices and the impact and outcomes.