Reaching out to all Learners: A Raising Attainment Project
This action learning project, initiated through the Greater Manchester Education and Employability Board is intended to encourage the development of more effective ways of raising attainment among students from disadvantaged backgrounds as they move into and through Key Stages 3 and 4.
Schools identified by the partnership as having some success in raising attainment for disadvantaged groups were matched with an additional cohort of schools who have some distance to travel. Schools were then placed in trios, each including schools from different authorities and with at least one school that has a strong record in relation to the agenda of the project. Funded by GM LAs and SHINE and match funded through the North West/Lancashire and West Yorkshire School Improvement Board, the schools developed research based projects focusing on a range of activities to raise attainment for their students. Materials in this section provide an overview of the project, summaries of good practice, research guidance and account of practice from the schools involved.
There has been a major focus within the project on parental engagement, mentoring and curriculum redesign. The next phase of the project is set to begin in early spring and an invitation will be issued to other schools interested in joining the project.
Accounts of Practice