A local primary school situated in one of the most deprived wards in the country has received the status of ‘Inclusion Quality Mark Flagship School’. They are just one of 100 schools in the UK to receive this prestigious award.
Massive challenge – Staff, pupils and parents at Oasis Academy Foundry situated at Winson Green in the heart of Birmingham are celebrating after receiving an exceptionally positive Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) report praising the Academy for; ‘supporting the diverse needs of children, the majority of whom had English as a second language and many of whom had recently arrived with little or no English.’
Highlights within the report, include;
- “From the stage of the schools evolution, to its provision today has been a journey like no other.”
- “Children who met with the assessor spoke about the positive climate in the school, making specific reference to the values which they embrace.”
- “The curriculum is vibrant and engaging.”
- “Teachers and support staff embrace a holistic approach to the needs of the children and families, which is humbling to witness.”
The Inclusion Quality Mark Flagship School status, is awarded to a school that develops an outline for a classroom/school based research project which will help build on the already excellent inclusive practice going on in school. This outline will be further split down into key steps with individuals or groups identified with responsibility for these and a timeline for the successful completion of each step.
Emma Johnson, Executive Principal at Oasis Academy Foundry, commented on the award, saying; “We are absolutely thrilled to receive Flagship Status, which is a testament to the hard work, commitment, and passion of all the staff at the academy and local community.”
“At Oasis Academy Foundry, we are committed to ensuring all pupils, no matter their background, have access to the opportunities and skills needed to fulfil and maximise their potential.”
During the Academy’s review, the assessor completed a learning walk, held meetings with pupils from a range of different years, staff, senior leaders, and community representatives, to which they found ‘evidence of significant improvement’ following on from their previous visit from IQM.
Joe McCann, Director of Inclusion Quality Mark (UK), commented on the Academy’s success, saying in the report; “Our assessors have visited the school over several years and have been privileged to see how challenges have been addressed and resolved, how the quality of teaching and learning has improved and how the community has become recognised as a place where vulnerable families are appropriately supported.”
“I have no hesitation in recommending that the school should be accredited with Inclusion Quality Mark Flagship Status, in the knowledge that the momentum of inclusive provision in its broadest context will be at the forefront of the future plans for Oasis Academy Foundry and for the Winson Green community.”
IQM was established in the UK in October 2004 with the objective of supporting both state and independent schools to become inclusive. IQM aspire to be at the forefront of developments to ensure the inclusive education of young people.