Over 3,000 pupils across England and Wales are receiving much needed support thanks to Berkshire Freemasons’ £240,000 grant to the Achievement for All charity.

The grant will provide subsidised access to the Achieving Schools programme, which dramatically enhances the goals and outcomes of pupils. It addresses issues faced by children and staff though four key areas: leadership, teaching and learning, wider outcomes and opportunities, and parent and carer engagement. Schools who have benefited to date have seen a positive impact on the development of teaching, increased pupil attendance as well as improved confidence amongst pupils.

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 regardless of their background, challenge or need.

The grant from BerkshireFreemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

Sonia Blandford, CEO of Achievement for All said: “The UK education system is not meeting the needs of at least one in five children and young people: the disadvantaged, vulnerable and underachieving.

“In response, Achievement for All is challenging this position with education, public and third sector partners, with the aim of helping schools, to achieve, aspire, and ensure access for all children, regardless of their background, challenge or needs.

“Investment in children is needed, the MCF responded with a generous donation which is impacting on the lives of so many, supporting leaders and teachers, parents and carers to impact on educational outcomes and improve life chances.  Our heartfelt thanks to all involved.”

Anthony Howlett-Bolton of Berkshire Freemasons, said: “We are very pleased to be able to help Achievement for All with their excellent Achieving Schools programme.

Developing children’s core strength and determination can improve confidence and engage children in learning. By supporting these pupils now we can play an important part in helping them make the most of their education”.