This new book by the founder of the Achievement for All charity, Sonia Blandford and researcher Catherine Knowles, is a practical guide to the implementation and development of the Achievement for All programme in your school. It includes case studies exemplifying successes from the two year pilot and the national roll out of the programme, and tips for not only setting it up in your school but also sustaining it.
The Achievement for All programme is an evidence based whole-school strategy for raising the aspirations, access to learning and achievement of the most disadvantaged learners in any school setting, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, those in receipt of Free School Meals, Looked After Children and other vulnerable groups. The programme closely monitors the children's progress and provides support to prevent them from falling behind. Engaging parents through structured conversations is one of the key areas of focus; this integrated approach to raising aspirations, access and achievement allows for a strong common sense method when dealing with learning barriers such as bullying or poor social skills.
This book is a must read for any school leader keen to ensure all of the vulnerable children and young people in their care develop the skills, interests and capabilities they need to become life long learners.
Sonia Blandford is the founder and CEO of Achievement for All, having established seven national and local charities. She is also visiting professor of Educational Leadership and Innovation at the Institute of Education, London and senior research fellow at Oxford University. Sonia is a former university and school senior leader and practising teacher. Catherine Knowles is the research and data manager at Achievement for All. Prior to this she worked as a researcher at the University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University. She is also a research fellow at the University of Warwick.
Forward 1 by Brian Lamb\ Forward 2 by Jean Gross\Preface \ Acknowledgements\ Introduction \ 1. Achievement for All: raising aspirations and improving access in practice\ Why Achievement for All?\ Aspiration, access and achievement in practice\ 2. Learning to be an inclusive school\ Creating an inclusive school\ The Achievement for All programme in practice\ 3. Leadership of the Achievement for All programme\ Effective leadership: vision and aims\ Effective leadership of Achievement for All case studies\ 4.High quality teaching and learning\ Developing a framework for high quality teaching and learning in practice\ Teaching and learning case studies\ 5. Parental engagement\ Parental engagement - what can we learn from the evidence base?\ Structured conversations - case studies\ 6.Wider outcomes\ Evidence for wider provision\ Wider outcomes - case studies\ 7. Monitoring and evaluation\ Achievement for All and the new Ofsted inspection framework\ Monitoring\ Evaluation\ Achievement for All - how will outcomes for schools be monitored and evaluated?\ 8. Looking to the future: sustaining Achievement for All\ Achievement for All 3As: the charity story\ The Achievement for All programme (2011 onwards)\ The future\ Glossary\ Index