Achievement for All (AfA)
In January 2013 Shillington Lower joined the Achievement for All programme. This national programme consists of four elements:
- Leadership – to ensure that schools maintain a focus on the aspirations, access and achievement of vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils
- Teaching and Learning – leading to improved progress and outcomes for pupils
- Parent and Carer Engagement – to improve parents’ and carers’ engagement with school and their child’s learning
- Wider Outcomes – to support participation, enjoyment and achievement of children in all elements of school life.
Being part of AfA we have changed our practice by doing the following:
- Appointing an AfA staff champion and AfA governor
- Developing half-termly pupil progress meetings for teachers to analyse progress of every child and vulnerable groups, review impact of support strategies and interventions
- Undertaking the MITA project (Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants) and becoming a lead school for this
- Engaging all parents in structured conversations: 20-minute parent consultations for every child
- Engaging parents via parent open sessions and increased communication
- Increasing wider opportunities by launching a wide range of clubs and extending enrichment activities
- Establishing a co-curriculum
Our commitment to the project and successful implementation of a wide range of school improvement strategies has been recognised with Shillington Lower being awarded the Achievement for All Quality Mark in July 2016.