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New programme helps SEN children take strides in maths and English

18/11/2011 Kelly
The Achievement for All special educational needs teaching programme is to see a £14 million nationwide roll-out following a successful trial in 450 schools across England.

SEN teachers in the trial schools saw their pupils make greater progress in English and maths compared to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) pupils from other schools.

A report of the programme conducted by the University of Manchester even found that the progress made by some SEND pupils exceeded that of their non-SEND peers.

"It's fantastic to see that Achievement for All has had such impressive results," said children's minister Sarah Teather.

"This shows just what can be achieved for children with SEND with strong school leadership, innovative thinking and close working with families."

A large-scale pilot, Achievement for All was government-funded and ran in ten local authorities.

Tracking the progress of pupils with SEND across a range of different school years and across the full spectrum of need, it was found to be successful in narrowing the gap in attainment between SEND and non-SEND pupils.

Some 37 per cent of children in the pilot achieved or exceeded the expected national levels of progression in English, with this figure for mathematics standing at 42 per cent.

The Manchester University study also found that behaviour in pupils improved with fewer instances of bullying, while there was also a ten per cent drop in persistent absence.

As a result of its success, the government will now invest £14 million in extending the programme to schools across England.

A new charity, 3As Achievement for All has been created to deliver the programme, with support from PwC.

Currently working with 41 local authorities and 598 schools to implement the programme, it is estimated that 1,000 schools will be signed up to Achievement for All by April 2012.

Commenting on the programme, Brian Lamb, chair of the inquiry into SEN and of the 3As Achievement for All charity, said: "By adopting this approach schools can ensure that children with SEN have the chance to reach their full potential."ADNFCR-2164-ID-801214917-ADNFCR
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