AfA Bulletin 11: 27th May 2020

Dear colleagues,

We hope that you are well and have been able to take a short break this week.

During the lockdown period has been here Achievement for All to support schools, early years settings and colleges at this complex, difficult time, we are in this together. 

The reintegration of children and young people back into education will be a monumental challenge, working with our partners we are here to support.  In response to the current situation, our experienced and qualified team have developed short COVID-19 Leadership, 3 or 6 visit programmes.  Based on our partnerships with schools, early years settings and colleges, we share our training and guidance through on-line coaching and The Bubble.

AfA’s main priority is to maintain the high level of service we pride ourselves on. In the forthcoming weeks Achievement for All will continue to provide online support for all settings, schools and colleges during this unprecedented time, when teachers and leaders across all phases are experiencing unique challenges. 

A jam packed #AFAChat with Lainy and Kathryn of AfA, discussing the challenges of leading remotely highlighting the importance e of allowing yourself to be vulnerable and not knowing all of the answers and of staying connected with peers and other leaders; using technology that supports your leadership style; and the latest developments in the Women’s Leadership Network and its up and coming webinars. 

If you have specific questions related to AfA programmes, please contact:

We appreciate your partnership; we hope you find our AfA Bulletins helpful and informative as we support you virtually through this difficult time.

Please feel free to contact me direct if you need further support

sonia.blandford@afaeducation.org 

Best wishes,

Sonia 

Achievement for All – Covid-19 Technology

COVID-19: USING TECHNOLOGY TO BRIDGE THE GAP

WEBINAR 1 - Harnessing the power of Microsoft Translator within and beyond the classroom

Date:  Thursday 11th June 2020   Time:  3pm - 3.30pm

Contact marius.frank@afaeducation.org for a meeting invite.

The Covid-19 lockdown has had a disproportionate impact on the learning of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.

However, there are now a wide range of free-to-use social and assistive technologies that can keep effective communication channels open, and, if deployed wisely, can help accelerate learning and engagement.

Join Claire O'Keeffe and Marius Frank from Achievement for All for a short introductory webinar illustrating the power and potential of Microsoft Translator to support the learning of new migrant and EAL children and young people and their families.

You do not need to be an IT Expert to deploy and use this app, so classroom teachers, SENCos/INCos and Teaching Assistants are most welcome, as well as school leaders and governors/trustees.

Achievement for All – Covid-19 Leadership Support Packages

Covid-19 Leadership Support

Staff training and professional development at a time of crisis can be an immense challenge for hard-pressed school and college leaders, and early years setting managers. Let Achievement for All take the strain - we are in this together.

In response to the day-to-day challenges that you and your teams are facing, Achievement for All would like to offer a series of targeted affordable CPD packages that will help you address the key issues emerging from "restarting" your learning communities, as well as the effective engagement of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people, some of whom may be re-traumatised by the lockdown.

An Achievement Coach will be assigned to work with and beside you for the equivalent of three or six half-day visits to introduce, embed and sustain school improvement. All staff will be given access to The Achievement for All Bubble for twelve months, an online portal with a full range of CPD material to support blended learning (all staff, small groups, coaching sessions, and individual study). These resources are all available 24/7 on-line and so staff who have to continue to self-isolate can have full access and learning support.

We are here to listen, to respond quickly and to help you. Please click on the image for full information.

 

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AfA Bulletin 10: 20th May 2020

 

Dear colleagues,

At a time of significant pressure and uncertainty, Achievement for All is here to support schools, early years settings at this complex, difficult time.  In short, we are in this together.

The reintegration of children and young people back into education will be a monumental challenge, working with our partners we are here to support

Our main priority is to maintain the high level of service we pride ourselves on. In the forthcoming weeks Achievement for All will continue to provide online support for all settings, schools and colleges during this unprecedented time, when teachers and leaders across all phases are experiencing unique challenges. 

If you have specific questions related to AfA programmes, please contact:

Thanks to our post-16 team for their amazing impact on Maths and English, captured by the Education and Training Foundation.

https://www.et-foundation.co.uk/news/action-researchs-impact-on-post-16-maths-and-english-highlighted-by-otla-projects/

We appreciate your partnership; we hope you find our AfA Bulletins helpful and informative as we support you virtually through this difficult time.

Please feel free to contact me direct if you need further support.

Best wishes,

Sonia 

 

Achievement for All – Covid-19 Leadership Support Packages

Many of our staff at Achievement for All remain intimately connected with schools, as teachers or as governors and trustees. We know and appreciate the stresses and challenges School Leaders will be facing, not just in the coming weeks, but for the foreseeable future. We are in this together!

 In response to the day-to-day challenges that you and your teams are facing, Achievement for All would like to offer a series of targeted affordable CPD packages that will help you address the key issues emerging from "restarting" school communities and the effective engagement of vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils, some of whom may be re-traumatised by the lockdown.

 You can shape the package to your identified needs: re-engaging with the hardest to reach families; provision to close the gap, placing wellbeing at the heart of learning (for your staff as well as your learners), maximising the impact of teaching assistants; we have the resources and the personnel.

 An Achievement Coach will be assigned to work with and beside you for the equivalent of three or six half-day visits (lasting six- or twelve- months respectively) to introduce, embed and sustain school improvement. All staff will be given access to The Achievement for All Bubble, an online portal with a full range of CPD material. These are all available on-line and so staff who have  to continue to self-isolate can have full access and learning support.

 We are here to listen, to respond quickly and to help you.

 Further details will be published on 1st June.

 

Achievement for All – Achieving Wellbeing

Achieving Wellbeing is a programme that will meet your needs, evidence based, research rich and very practical in the context of whole community development:

https://res.afa3as.org.uk/Bubblepromo/AchievingWellbeingSiteMap/index.html

 

Highlands School: As a result of CPD the schools decided to add an additional value, "empathy" to the schools' existing and established values. Staff developed values within every team to develop a sense of belonging and shared understanding. Emotion Coaching pupil ambassadors have been established. Staff are receiving regular coaching supervision which has positively impacted safeguarding and ensured a very vulnerable child remains in school with appropriate provision. Pupils and staff have created Venn diagrams for being safe, seen, secure and soothed within classrooms, around the school and within the community. This helped to identify effective practice and gaps. Provision has been developed as a result.

Kensington Academy: All staff have been trained in emotion coaching. As a result, there is a consistent response to emotions and behaviours. The CPD and coaching has now informed a new behaviour policy, now entitled "relationships and regulation policy". They are developing waves of provision for staff wellbeing. 

"Children in my class are becoming more aware of the different types of feelings we feel and understanding that all feelings are valid (there are no 'bad' feelings). They have come up with things that help them regulate their feelings when they overwhelm them." (class teacher)

Our thanks to all the team at Highlands and Kensington and their coach Laura Stagg.

#AfAChat

 

Lainy chats again to Suzann Wells about what it was like to suddenly move to remote teaching in Post 16.  They discuss the challenges that were faced and how they were overcome and how to possibly integrate new technologies in teaching next year. 

 

Achievement for All Partner – Teaching Times Free Resources

Free Weekly Resources and Professional Learning

Dear Colleague,
Welcome to TeachingTimes Report, the free newsletter for education professionals!
Every article listed below is related to the current worldwide pandemic and is free for you to read.

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Achievement for All Partner – 5% Club comment on school leavers

 

 

Education Endowment Foundation resources

https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/covid-19-resources/?mc_cid=932932a66b&mc_eid=157553cc87

 

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