Platanos College achieves IQM Centre of Excellence

We are very pleased that Platanos College has achieved the Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) Centre of Excellence status.

The college achieved this award following a rigorous assessment in 2019.

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.

Inclusion is at the heart of the Platanos Trust and its schools, 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.

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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