We hope that you are well.

During this period of change and in response to Catch-Up premium funding, this week’s Bulletin contains information on how Achievement for All can work in partnership planning the most impactful, supported year ahead. 

We invite you to join us on a wide range of high impact, evidence-based programmes, detailed in our 2017-2020 Impact Report  https://afaeducation.org/media/2119/impact-report-2020.pdf  delivered from £5.70 per pupil.

Each bespoke programme is delivered by an experienced leader/coach who will be available both face to face and online who will be available to prioritise in partnership with your school:

  • Parent, carer engagement
  • Leadership coaching and support, effective leadership and team management, transitions
  • Teaching and Learning, closing the COVID-19 Gap
  • Well-Being, Core Strength.

Catch-up premium
The government has published more details of how the catch-up premium will be allocated, and the parameters within which schools are expected to spend this money:

  • The money is split into a £650 million ‘universal catch-up premium’ and £350 million for a new National Tutoring Programme.
  • The £650 million will be shared between primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, PRUs and other APs, hospital schools and independent special schools.
  • Most schools will receive £80 per pupil in Reception to Year 11.
  • Special, Alternative Provision and hospital schools will receive £240 per pupil.
  • The money will be paid in three tranches, in the autumn, spring and summer terms.
  • While the funding has been calculated on a per pupil basis, schools “should use the sum available to them as a single total from which to prioritise support for pupils according to their need”.
  • Ofsted may ask schools how they plan to use, or are using, the catch-up funding during the proposed non-graded visits in the autumn term and once routine inspections resume from January.
  • The majority of the £350 million being spent on the National Tutoring Programme will be used to subsidise tutors and mentors for 5 – 16-year-olds in state-funded primary and secondary schools. Schools will have to pay a proportion of the costs involved in this and can use their catch-up premium to do so if they wish.
  • Tutors will be available from the second half of the autumn term. “A portal will open in due course” for schools to register interest.
  • £96 million of the £350 million will now be ringfenced for school sixth forms, colleges and other 16 to 19 providers “to provide small group tutoring activity for disadvantaged 16 to 19 students”. More detail on this element of the funding will be issued shortly.

A typical primary school of 200 pupils will receive £16,000 while a typical secondary school of 1,000 pupils will receive £80,000.

AfA’s main priority is to support you, providing direct or online support for all settings, schools, and colleges, we are in this together!  AfA delivers free summer programmes, deep dive training and reviews from which leaders can determine the next stage of their plans to close the gap, and wellbeing and emotion coaching to support leaders, teachers, parents, carers, children and young people.

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

Please feel free to contact me direct if you need further support sonia.blandford@afaeducation.org 

Best wishes,



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.

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.

For more information on the following go to: https://afaeducation.org/covid-19-leadership-support/

Re-engaging hard-to-reach families [3 face to face visits or online blended learning- £1400 plus VAT. 6 face to face visits or online blended learning £2700 plus VAT]

Built around our highly successful and award-winning Structured Conversations approach (and, for early years settings, Taking Time for Talk), settings will be given full access to all the training materials to review current practice, rapidly develop a training plan and immediately improve practice. The impact can be significant.

Wellbeing at the Heart of Learning [3 face to face visits or online blended learning £1400 plus VAT. 6 face to face visits or online blended learning £2700 plus VAT]

Our Achieving Wellbeing Programme is a comprehensive package aimed at securing better education outcomes through staff and learner wellbeing. This CPD package enables a school to choose a specific aspect of our trauma-informed development package, updated specifically to address emerging Covid-19 issues and challenges.

Simply put, an anxious, frightened, or angry mind will not learn. This Programme helps teaching professionals to understand what they can do to create a learning environment that supports and nurtures high levels of emotional wellbeing. This programme offers education settings a comprehensive set of complementary strategies and approaches to unlock academic progress and lifelong achievement by improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of an education setting.

Deep Leadership The latest addition to our wellbeing offer is specifically designed to support leaders through crisis leadership and management.

A key aspect of the way Achievement for All works with our settings is the relationship between our Achievement Coach and the School Leader. We can provide leaders with advice and independent confidential support that is highly valued, and bespoke to your circumstances. 

Driven by a key principle survival: put your oxygen mask on first before you help others. You will find the relationship that you build with your assigned Achievement Coach an invaluable tool that will impact positively on your wellbeing - discrete professional and informed. 

You will work through the materials in dialogue with your Achievement Coach. It is your decision whether the support is primarily for you or is deployed across your leadership team. The support is offered as a combination of face-to-face, concall or video conference, shaped according to your preferences. 

Digital Literacy - new ideas and new solutions [3 face to face visits or online blended learning £1400 plus VAT. 6 face to face visits or online blended learning £2700 plus VAT]

We have worked incredibly closely with the tech giants to explore the range of available social and assistive technologies, many that are absolutely free to access and use, that could instantly transform communication with hard-to-reach children and families (new migrants, EAL, SEN, SLCN and parents/carers with low literacy levels), planning and seamlessly blending learning within and beyond the classroom, to address a "new normal".

Close the gap

Many of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people in your school, college and setting community are in danger of slipping further behind due to the consequences of lock-down and a detachment from the stability of the school community. Following a rapid needs analysis our Achievement Coach will be able to guide you to specific materials approaches and resources that will help, focussing on literacy, numeracy, more effective feedback, and more.

For more information: https://afaeducation.org/coaching-programmes/

Step-Up Reviews:  A range of reviews to help schools, colleges, and settings to review what is needed, short, sharp and inciteful, supported by experts.

Step-Up Reviews

Step-Up Reviews. We have developed a range of 4-6 week review offers to help settings from Early Years through to Post 16 to kick start enhanced practice and rapid improvement on specific areas of need, with the support of our evidence based materials and specialist Achievement Coaches.


For more information: 


FREE Summer Activities

A solution to engage disadvantaged children and young people through summer activity.  Achievement for All has designed and implemented a programme that supports schools, community providers and families to provide meaningful and high impact activities for children and young people to rebuild their confidence and ability to learn following Covid-19 lockdown.

Core Strength Landing Page ("What is Core Strength?") https://res.afa3as.org.uk/CoreStrength/AFACoreStrength/index.html  

Core Strength for Parents https://res.afa3as.org.uk/CoreStrength/CS_Parents/index.html  

Core Strength for Schools https://res.afa3as.org.uk/CoreStrength/CS_Schools/index.html  

Core Strength for Primaries http://res.afa3as.org.uk/CoreStrength/CS_Primary/index.html , Link to Primary resource hub https://res.afa3as.org.uk/CoreStrength/CS_Resources/index.html  

Core Strength for Secondaries "Achieving Employability" http://res.afa3as.org.uk/CoreStrength/AFA_Achieving_Employability/index.html 


For more information: https://res.afa3as.org.uk/CoreStrength/CS_Resources/index.html




Since March, we have expanded our programmes focusing on digital literacy, building on the experience working in all phases of education, virtual schools and young offenders.

Microsoft Translator FREE RESOURCES


Harnessing the power of assistive technologies to support EAL and new migrant children and families

Webinar 3#- Exploring Immersive Reader in the classroom and beyond 

Monday 10th August 10:00-10:30 BST

Immersive Reader is part of a suite of accessible technology innovations that can be found in Word, OneNote, and Edge. Immersive Reader is much more than a text-to-speech tool: it can be used to analyse sentence form and translate instantly on-the-fly into over 50 different languages. Used appropriately it can transform the learning experiences of EAL and new migrant children and families.


Webinar 4#- Supporting multi-lingual online meetings 

Monday 17th August 13:00-13:30 BST

How can you conduct parental engagement meetings online during Covid-19 lockdown, especially when the parents and carers of new migrant and EAL children have very poor English skills? By combining cloud-based apps like Microsoft Translator and Teams, everything is possible! 


Claire O'Keeffe and Marius Frank from Achievement for All explain how easy it is to set up and apply these new functions to a wide range of educational activities, from presentation evenings to small group and whole-class teaching.

Microsoft tools are used by way of demonstration. Attending these webinars might give you possible solutions using other platforms.

Contact: support@afaeducation.org for more details



Achievement for All in partnership with Best Practice Network

The National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO)

The National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO) is a statutory requirement for all SENCOs appointed new to the role, and an excellent opportunity for professional development for current and aspiring SENCOs. Our NASENCO programme incorporates the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in SEN Coordination, validated by Bath Spa University (BSU) as part of their Professional Master’s Programme, worth the first 60 credits towards a Master’s (MA) degree.

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Gaining HLTA status is a recognised progression route for school support staff. HLTAs work closely with teachers to raise standards and help each learner reach their potential.

All applicants must have some experience of leading whole class learning with no teacher present, level 2 in maths and English

ILM Level 4 Diploma for School Business Managers

The Level 4 DSBM is part of a suite of school business management qualifications. The programme is designed for existing and aspiring school business managers who wish to enhance both their leadership, management and administrative skills together and their knowledge and understanding of key areas of school business management through a professional qualification.

Apply for these programmes via the Application Portal. When applying use the partner code AFA in order to be linked to Achievement for All.

Please see the attached fliers for more information. If you would like to know more about any of these opportunities or have any questions please feel free to contact cpd@bestpracticenet.co.uk

SURVEYS: Parentkind - help us better understand what parents believe makes for a good quality education for their children. 

Parentkind has collaborated with the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution to learn about parents’ beliefs about their children’s education. 

The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and consists of 34 questions: https://surveyhero.com/c/CUEParentKind and will help us better understand what parents believe makes for a good quality education for their children. 

INSIDE GOVERNMENT:  Supporting Disadvantaged Pupils Online

Inside Government (Schools) – Achievement for All and Education Development Trust. Supporting disadvantaged pupils, blog and film, featuring AfA CEO, Sonia Blandford discussing AfA’s response to COVID-19  https://blog.insidegovernment.co.uk/schools/disadvantaged-pupils-covid-19-webinar  , accompanying blog, which is included in the resources section of the above link to: https://blog.insidegovernment.co.uk/schools/supporting-disadvantaged-pupils-discussion-takeaways


Claire O’Keefe talks to Lainy about Emotion Coaching, which is a relationship approach when working with children and young people. Claire explains how AFA training can help a setting with children and young people of any age introduce and create an Emotion Coaching culture. Claire takes us through the steps which form the emotion coaching process while discussing the benefits of the approach for both children and adults.