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Achievement for All Policy for SEND by Mind Map: Achievement for All       Policy for SEND
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Achievement for All Policy for SEND

A successful pilot Achievement for All is a 2 year pilot running from Sept 2009- July 2011 There are 450 schools in 10 LAs involved and approx 28,000 pupils The pilot includes all SEND children (statemented, SAP and SA) in years 1,5,7,10 Achievement for All is mainly in mainstream primary and secondary schools and some special and PRU schools There is an independent evaluation by University of Manchester. Interim report is expected in Spring 2011 with full report in Summer 2011

Good Teaching






Creativity in removing barriers to learning

Use of technology to support data collection

Use of information and data to drive improvement at pupil, school and local authority level

Developing pupil learning - target setting with pupils

Learning with parents

Parent conversations- These detailed conversations are integral to the success of Achievement for All, and one teacher described these as “eye opening”.

  •The structured conversation continues to be one of the resounding successes of AfA for schools and parents alike. One school said “it has been the most powerful part of the project” and “an absolute roaring success”. •Huge cultural shift in parental engagement and, for some, the first time a genuine partnership between home and school. •Parents feel more included and empowered. •Change in dynamic of the contact with parents – no longer a conversation about being in trouble but uses termly data on achievement to focus on learning •Schools saying they have an excellent relationship with parents has grown from 12%-46% in first year of project • •


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We need Achievement for All because the current system is failing too many children: The achievement gap between 20% of pupils with SEN and disabilities and those without is wide at each key stage and is not closing. Moral purpose – too many children are not fulfilling their potential and are unhappy at school Lamb Inquiry- exposed failures in the system, parents’ frustrations and too great a focus on processes rather than outcomes Future jobs market, independence and fulfilling adulthood

Achievement for All is a school improvement framework that increases the access, aspiration and achievement of children with SEND. It grew out of Lamb Inquiry (2009) and focuses on outcomes rather than process.

There are 3 strands that work together to provide a flexible framework: 1. Assessment; tracking and intervention 2. Improved engagement with parents of children and young people through termly conversations 3. Increased provision for wider outcomes such as reduction in bullying, increased attendance and improving social interaction

Leadership- We know that where Achievement for All has been successful, head teachers have been strongly involved in Achievement for All in their schools and have driven Achievement for All as a school improvement strategy.

Impact and outcomes – closing the gap

  • •AFA pupils in year 5 and Year 10 made significantly better progress in English and Maths than pupils with and without SEND nationally in the first year (University of Manchester 2011) •Taking all children in the project, the average progress is the first year was 1.5 sub-level gains just under national expectation for all pupils (University of Manchester 2011). •90% of AfA schools achieved average gains of 2 sub levels, primary ( reading, writing and maths) secondary ( English and Maths) in the first 2 terms. •The averages mask some exceptional progress. In one local authority over 45% of year 10s, made at least 3 sub level gains in English and 36% in Maths in 4 terms. 18% made at least 6 sub level gains in English and 15 % in Maths in the same period. In another, 80% of Year 5s have made progress in each area and 10% have made at least 6 sub level gains.

Learning and Attitudes to school

Improving the wider outcomes eg peers relationships and attendance is having an impact on learning and attitudes to school One secondary school reduced persistent absenteeism from 12%to 3.5%. Prior to Achievement for All, attendance in wider outcomes and school clubs was 20% . This has now increased to 70%. Creative strategies being deployed to improve behaviour – this is having a significant impact on achievement

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