Primary Schools in Surrey given unique opportunity to improve literacy levels

Primary Schools in Surrey given unique opportunity to improve literacy levels

Leading education charity, Achievement for All, is inviting primary schools in Surrey to take part in a unique trial aimed at improving children’s literacy levels.

The trial is being funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), to evaluate and deliver Achievement for All’s award-winning Schools Programme, which aims to improve outcomes of children who aren’t currently achieving against national averages.

The programme is already being used by 2,000 schools across England and Wales to close the attainment gap between children deemed vulnerable to underachievement and their peers. It focuses on four elements: Leadership; teaching and learning; engaging with parents and carers; and enjoyment and engagement in the wider school community. The programme is delivered directly into schools via a team of highly trained specialist coaches.

Places on the trial are limited to just 140 primary schools and will be given on a strictly first come, first served basis. 70 of these schools will be invited to take part in the programme at a fraction of the cost in an agreement worth over £9,000 to the school. Each of these schools will receive bespoke content and coaching, based on analysis of their individual data and their own perceived issues.

The remaining 70 schools will be selected as control schools and will receive a £1,000 payment in exchange for a small amount of data.

Professor Sonia Blandford, CEO and founder of Achievement for All, said:

“We are delighted to be working with a highly respected organisation like the EEF. This is an extremely unique opportunity and places on the trial are strictly limited. In a climate where budgets are stretched this is a chance for primaries across in country to receive expert support for their vulnerable learners at a huge 70% off the normal cost of the programme. I strongly recommend interested primaries register today and they will find out if they have been successful in securing a place on the Schools Programme in November.”

Any primary schools interested in taking part should contact Achievement for All directly via [email protected]

The trial is part of the EEFs five-year campaign to improve literacy levels across the country. The results of the evaluations will be published on the EEF website and used to inform the Teaching and Learning Toolkit, an accessible summary of education research.