Quality Mark assessors required

Historical Association Quality Mark

Published: 19th April 2024

Exciting opportunity to join our QM assessor team

The Historical Association recognises and celebrates the outstanding history education and provision that is being delivered in schools. The HA's Quality Mark (QM) recognises and gives credit to those schools and individuals delivering a high-quality history education, as well as providing an aspirational framework for schools looking to improve provision.

Schools are required to demonstrate the quality of their teaching and learning, achievement (relative),  curriculum, leadership and enrichment. Outside of recent subject reports, analysis of the health of history provision in a school remains the preserve of a possible deep dive which is possibly not carried out by subject specialists. The Historical Association Quality Mark can help to provide a quality-assured, rigorous but achievable recognition of quality for schools carried out by subject specialists.

With over well over 250 awards made and new schools registering all of the time, being a QM assessor can provide an excellent additional outreach opportunity for those already in paid work or regular consultancy income for those working freelance. Being a QM assessor is also a fantastic way to meet new people carrying out innovations in different schools.

“Working as a QM assessor provides a valuable opportunity to work with a broad range of schools with good teaching and learning in history. Undertaking the QM process provides assessor’s with valuable experience to develop skills related to assessment and giving feedback. Regular meetings are an excellent opportunity for assessors to gain a deeper insight into what constitutes effective teaching and learning in history.”
Bev Forrest, QM assessor

Due to demand and the retirement of assessors, we now have an exciting opportunity to recruit 3 new QM assessors to our existing team. We are looking for the following: 

1 or 2 secondary assessor/s covering East Anglia, Kent, Essex and possibly London 

1 primary assessor covering West/South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

Details of the role are provided in the attached job description below.

New assessors must be willing to initially shadow two assessment visits on an expenses only basis as part of induction. Following successful induction, assessors will then be paid £330 plus expenses per assessment visit and £52 for each sub-assessment moderation. Fees will be subject to yearly inflationary review and rises. 

If you think you have got the skills and the drive to join the team then please contact us with your CV and a covering letter outlining how you fit the role and criteria. Please also include 200 words outlining how you would like to see the Quality Mark develop in the future.

We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people; disabled people (visible and invisible, mental and physical); people who identify as being LGBTQ+; and people who identify as working class or have done so in the past.

Successful applicants will agree to attend a first assessors meeting in November 2024 (date TBC). This will be held on Zoom.

Closing date for applications: 9 July 2024. Please respond to Mel Jones on melanie.jones@history.org.uk or by post to 59a Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4JH. Please mark Applications clearly with “Quality Mark Assessor”.

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