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Platanos College is a school at the heart of its community going well beyond the extra mile to identify individual needs in order to provide tailored support for pupils and their families. (IQM)

Inclusion Quality Mark Centre of Excellence

Platanos College is very proud to be an Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) Centre of Excellence.  The college achieved this award following a rigorous assessment in 2019.

The college continues to hold this prestigious status in 2020 after it was externally validated in July 2020.

What is the IQM?

The Inclusion Quality Mark provides schools with a nationally recognised framework to guide their inclusion journey. The IQM team help schools evaluate and measure how they are performing, empowering them to improve and develop.

IQM states that inclusion promotes equal opportunities for all pupils, whatever their age, ethnicity, attainment and background. It pays particular attention to the provision made for, and the achievement of, different groups of pupils within a school.

Inclusion is at the heart of what we do at Platanos College and the IQM is recognition of the contribution of all at the college: pupils, parents, staff, trustees and local partners.

The college was inspected over two days and is proud to be an Inclusion Quality Mark Centre of Excellence following the assessment.

The assessor commented, “The inclusive ethos at Platanos College is underpinned by strong, positive relationships between staff and pupils. Nothing is left to chance; there is a strong focus on achieving outcomes through child-centred planning and effective communication between school and home.”

What is a Centre of Excellence?

Becoming a Centre of Excellence enables member schools to come together to share and build on inclusion best practice. It is an opportunity to build on the success achieved.

Only around 240 schools in the UK have met the standard required to become an IQM Centre of Excellence for outstanding practice in inclusion.

The college now aims to achieve the IQM Flagship Award, which is only achieved after holding the Centre of Excellence status for at least 3 years. We look forward to continuing our development as an inclusive school and becoming a flagship school in the near future.

For the full report, please click here.

To read more about the award, please click here.

For our press release, click here.

Representatives of Platanos College receiving the IQM award: Ms Williams (Senior Deputy Headteacher; centre left) and Ms Henry (Deputy Headteacher; right). Photo courtesy of the IQM and