Quality Marks and Use of our Resources
Improving Quality of Practice
We have come to the view that a licensing model and protective use of our resources is key to our ability to push up standards of practice.
Our decision has been to be protective about this and therefore we ask all participants to be respectful of the intent
Use of Our Licensed Resources
Any posters or resources that you come across in the course of your own training are, for the time being at least, licensed to you ONLY for your personal use and to share with immediate family or immediate clients in an informal fashion only if this serves to engage interest. What we want you to gain from our basic training is a way of thinking. The resources should not be used in any professional context unless you have an up to date professional licence and are listed on our directory with permissions to do so.
PLEASE DO NOT PHOTOCOPY OR PRINT OFF MULTIPLE COPYS OF ANY POSTER OR RESOURCE WITHOUT EXPLICIT WRITTEN PERMISSION TO DO SO.
Professional members who become approved as Link or Lead Professionals will have the following permissions:
Link Professionals (must have a current membership on a personal account)
May use and refer to a personal set of A4 posters and our informal I Matter Q to informally show and discuss ideas with those who may be interested in learning more
Lead Professionals (must have a current membership on a personal account)
May use and display set of A3 posters the informal I Matter Q and our paper tools as part of their supported learning sessions with parents and other professionals and as part of a mutually agreed school development process.
These are schools or services who have an approved Link Professional and have an active licence and information sharing agreements so that parents identified by the link professional can access our supported courses. As part of an active licence and a clear school development action plan they may use our approved Link School Logo
These are schools or services who have senior leadership insight and an approved Lead Professional and an active licence and have set up information sharing agreements so that parents or professionals can access supported courses OR take part in inhouse supported learning opportunities As part of an active licence and a clear school development action plan they may use our approved Lead School Logo
Lead Plus Schools
These are schools or services who have senior leadership insight and have committed to extended whole school inset and to the embedding of developmental thinking. These schools are licenced to use our paper based and online progress tracking tools as part of a systematic longer term approach. As part of an active licence they may use our approved Lead Plus School Logo
I Matter Organisational Development Processes
Towards an I Matter Quality Mark
Years of practice with children and families has shown that there are some common factors when things are going well for children who have additional needs or complexities and some common problems when they are not.
When things are going well:
i) there is proactive commitment to supporting understanding needed for healthy adult-child relationships at home and school
ii) professionals and parents are working well together using a shared framework to support their own skills development
iii) teams at home and school are committed to thinking developmentally across the life span and ensuring curriculum fit
iv) there is a longer term view supported by a helpful community network
v) young people are empowered to understand themselves and build their sklls
The current concerns about children's mental health and wellbeing clearly evidences that there are some significant problems in achieving the above in our current practices So we are curently exploring the very earlieset steps of a Qulaity Mark process as we think this can provide a focus when we work with organistaions on the challenge of embedding these ideas into practice.
We have a simple audit tool that covers the elements listed above ie the elements that we think need to be included in the I Matter School and I Matter Community Hub Quality Marks. So the specific criteria that schools, services and communties can use to self assess their progress on these criteria exist in outline and we intend to work with partners to shape them to be most useful.
We would like to make the need for these quality marks on the above types of issues to be redundant as a lot of the above issues are not rocket science and should be an embedded elements of all good practice! So what we are most interested in is supporting a shift in attitudes and in culture change. Our criteria are therefore based on building a critical mass of people understanding key ideas so that we can impact on bringing about new realities for our children
We have two key types of process for our Organisational Audit and emerging Quality Mark process
Our quality marks are for Advanced Organisational Practice Levels 3=5
i) For Schools
Level 3 Starter Level - you have a small inhouse team building parent skills in partnership with a local community hub
Level 4 Culture change - you are working towards embedding developmental thinking across your provision
Level 5 Advanced Practice - you are actively supporting longer term progress monitoring with a community approach
ii) For Community Hubs
Level 3 Starter Level - you have a small local steering group building relationships and pathways between GP's and schools
Level 4 Culture change - your local community actively values the health of relationships and support for wholistic thinking
Level 5 Advanced practice - you have been sustaining and building on practices over time supporting an inclusive approach
There are several stages in working from registration through towards one of these quality marks.
i) Your senior leadership team register your school or service or community hub for Level 1 and 2 training
ii) Your team members can apply to complete the first self-evaluation process as part of your aspirational process
iii) Your team train and work with us and others to gain feedback and support in meeting key criteria
iv) You apply for level 3 licence and we set up a working contract
v) We arrange a formal session to review your initial self assessment
vi) We come to a decision and make a report with some recommendations on sustaining current progress or building
vii) You work towards the criteria for the next progressive levels of the I Matter School or I Matter Community Awards.
We are starting out with simple self-assessment criteria which will be adjusted and revised each year as we learn what works best to support the practices that we know are most important
We anticipate some simple specifications that will allow organisations to work towards awards that reflect the size and reach of their own organisation
small school (less than 250 pupils)
medium school (250-650 pupils)
large school (over 650 pupils)
small hub (integrated care communities)
medium hub (districts)
large hub (councils and health economies)
HOW TO GET STARTED?
PLEASE NOTE: These are ideas still under development being tested out with our local network - we will keep you posted!
matter for mental health, positive behaviour and healthy child development at home and in school.