The ‘Achievement for All’ programme (part funded by the DfE) was developed with primary and secondary schools and academies, special schools and pupil referral units. It provides a whole-school improvement framework, and has been positively evaluated for impact by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).
There are four strands to the ‘Achievement for all’ programme as follows:
- Teaching and learning
- Parent and carer engagement
- Wider outcomes and opportunities (i.e. enjoyment and achievement in all areas of school life)
Although all four are critical to successful delivery, parental engagement is at the heart of the strategy as key to the successful implementation of all strands. We know from research evidence, that the engagement of parents with their children’s learning is essential if positive outcomes are to be achieved.
Framework for the structured conversation
The structured conversation should be held between the parent and key teacher, and the child may also be part of the conversation where appropriate. The purposes of the conversation are to:
- Establish an effective relationship between the key teacher and the parent
- Establish a culture of listening rather than telling
- Allow the parent to share their knowledge of and aspirations for their child
- Provide the parent with up-to-date information about their child’s current level of progress and wider achievements in school
- Share concerns about the pupil’s development
- Set targets for improvement in learning and wider outcomes
- Determine activities which will contribute to the achievement of the targets
- Identify the responsibilities of the parent, the pupil and the school, including the contribution of extended services
- Clarify the most effective means of communication between meetings
- Recognise and celebrate achievement.
Achievement for All offer programmes tailored to meet the specific needs of primary and secondary schools through experienced coaches.
See a case study from one Islington School that successfully implemented the Achievement for All programme.