Achievement for All is a whole-school approach to school improvement, which has had demonstrable success in improving rates of progress for pupils with SEN and disabled pupils (SEND) in English and maths.
Achievement for All is focused on improving the attainment and wider outcomes of all children and young people and particularly the 20 per cent of the school population identified as disabled or with special educational needs.
The Department for Education has awarded a contract to roll out Achievement for All to a consortium of school leaders, Achievement for All (3As), supported by the business expertise of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. All schools who want it will now be able to access Achievement for All support.
The Department funded a two-year Achievement for All pilot, from 2009-2011, involving 450 primary, secondary, mainstream and special schools in 10 local authorities.
The approach was developed following Brian Lamb’s 2009 Inquiry into parental confidence in the SEN system which recommended that support for children with SEN and disabilities should focus on improving outcomes and not just processes.
Key features of the programme included:
These approaches were led and championed at senior leadership and headteacher level.
The pilot has had considerable success in accelerating the progress of all vulnerable pupils across the full spectrum of SEN or disabilities.
The independent evaluation by the University of Manchester highlighted that:
All schools who want it can now get Achievement for All support to strengthen their provision for vulnerable children.
A consortium of Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) and a group of school leaders, Achievement for All (3As) has been awarded the contract to roll out the Achievement for All programme.
Schools can now buy into Achievement for All training, which includes support from a trained school leader adapted to meet each school’s context and priorities. Information on how to get involved is available on the Achievement for All website.