The Quality Mark Award recognises the impressive work being done by the school to improve progress in reading, writing and maths for all pupils, particularly those with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.
The award has been developed by leading education charity Achievement for All (AfA), a leading organisation that works in partnership with schools to improve outcomes for all children and young people vulnerable to underachievement regardless of background, challenge or need.
Mike Donovan, Deputy Regional Lead for Achievement for All, visited the school towards the end of the summer term to make the assessment. He said:
“My abiding memory of my visit is of a cheerful, purposeful and well-ordered school with a very happy set of pupils. Staff have put an enormous amount of effort into developing pupils’ resilience, confidence and independence. They have striven to remove pupils’ fears of “getting it wrong”, encouraging pupils to explore, investigate, reason and explain; and going on to support pupils in self and peer assessment within a carefully planned, constructed and enabling environment.
“As a result of significant staff development and careful consideration of parent/carer needs and circumstances, a range of varied and varying approaches and methodologies have been employed by the school to give parents and carers not only the background knowledge they need to understand the modern education system but also the tools and confidence to engage with it and support their child’s learning in it. The multi-layered systems the school has put in place give parents/carers every opportunity to know about, understand and contribute to their child’s development and progress.
“Pupils are offered a host of opportunities to participate in activities which: broaden their life experiences, widen their horizons in terms of what is possible in adult life, raise their aspirations and, crucially, set their learning in context so that they can see WHY it’s important to acquire knowledge and skills. Pupils are also given multiple scenarios in which to develop responsibility for themselves and others; developing attributes that will stand them in good stead when they face situations alone, as part of a team or as a leader.
“Achievement for All believes that every child can progress, and through our programmes we hope to enable every child to be the best that they can be regardless of background, challenge, or need. Huge congratulations to teachers, parents and children at St Mary’s for all their hard work. A truly deserved award.”
* Achievement for All is a leading not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with early years settings, schools and colleges, improving outcomes for all children and young people vulnerable to underachievement, regardless of their background, challenge or need
* Achievement for All empowers young people, as well as their teachers, parents and carers, by working to transform lives through personal coaching, professional support, and a leading network of educational experts
* Achievement for All programmes have been used in almost 4,500 schools, colleges, and early years settings to date, and have so far had a profound and measurable impact on the lives of more than 100,000 children and young people to date as well as their families and the adults that support them
* In 2016, an independent assessment conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that as a result of Achievement for All’s Achieving Schools programme, the progress of targeted children and young people in reading, writing and mathematics was raised to a standard above the national expected level by up to 50%
* Achievement for All’s 2015 Interim Evaluation Report identified a reduction in exclusion in schools and settings by a factor of four (400%)
* In further reports on Achievement for All’s Achieving Early programme, it was identified that 100% practitioners reported higher levels of confidence in working with parents, and that personal, social and emotional assessments at age-expected levels rose from 23% to 73% * To donate, get in touch, or for more information, visit www.afaeducation.org
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