Centre of Excellence Status

Crickhowell High School is delighted to announce that it has been awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark and Centre of Excellence Status. This is a tremendous achievement of which we are very proud. Many thanks to all involved with the process.

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Educational inclusion is about equal opportunities for all pupils, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment and background.  It pays particular attention to the provision made for, and the achievement of, different groups of pupils within a school.  An educationally inclusive school is one in which the teaching and learning, achievements, attitudes and well-being of every young person matters.  Effective schools are educationally inclusive schools.  This shows, not only in their performance, but also in their ethos and their willingness to offer new opportunities to pupils who may have experienced previous difficulties.  This does not mean treating all pupils in the same way.  Rather it involves taking account of pupils’ varied life experiences and needs.
“Evaluating Educational Inclusion” OfSTED 2000

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Centres of Excellence determine for themselves who will be involved and to a large extent, the direction in which they choose to make progress. There is no upper limit to the number, so this can fit with cluster arrangements and local geographical proximity or it can allow schools to twin over distance with the specific aim of making further progress in this very important area of school life.
The criteria for the centres are as follows schools which :-
  • Are committed to sustaining the Inclusion Quality Mark ethos through collaborative activities.
  • Have demonstrable plans to sustain and develop inclusive internal practice.
  • Have good mechanisms to disseminate and share good practice between the schools.
  • Have, or are able to develop, the capacity to share and disseminate good inclusion
  • practice across a broader cluster of schools.
  • Are willing to engage in classroom level research activity that explores inclusive practice.
  • Agree to have an annual Inclusion Quality Mark visit to ratify or validate the progress and develop an annual plan for development.
  • Agree to contribute an annual written update of progress against the ten elements as the basis for the annual review.
  • Are prepared to contribute to the overall development aims of Inclusion Quality Mark, supporting the need for expertise or trialling practice.