Welcome to the Raising Achievement web area!
The high cost of school failure and inequity for individuals, and for society more widely is increasingly being recognised across Europe. Raising the achievement of all learners is seen not just as a policy initiative, but also as an ethical imperative.
The 'Raising the Achievement of All Learners in Inclusive Education' project (2014–2016) aims to provide evidence of effective practice in raising achievement and building the capacity of schools and communities to include and support all learners. This work builds on the previous Raising Achievement for all Learners (RA4AL) Agency project from 2012.
The current project involves a range of stakeholders including school leaders, researchers, teachers, parents and learners, as well as local and national policy makers.
The key questions for the project are:
What pedagogical strategies/teaching approaches (e.g. use of ICT, focus on key competences) best support learning and are effective in raising the achievement (academic and social) of all learners?
How can school leaders best support:
- the development, implementation and monitoring of inputs and processes for raising achievement?
- the participation of learners, parents/carers in the learning process?
- the measurement of all forms of achievement and analysis of outcomes to inform further development?
These questions are being considered in the context of national/local policy and how it can best support learning communities to undertake organisational development and enable school leaders to raise the achievement of all learners - in particular through collaborative approaches.
The Agency member countries involved in the Raising Achievement project are: Austria, Belgium (Flemish and French speaking communities), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).
Project activities and outputs
The project kick-off meeting was held in Athens on 17-19 June 2014 as an event under the Greek Presidency of the EU. Following this, three Learning Communities have been chosen to take forward the school-based work:
- Istituto Tecnico Agrario Sereni (I.T.A. Sereni) and Instituto Comprensivo Antonio Rosmini, Rome, Italy
- A group of Schools in Łajski, Commune of Wieliszew, Poland
- Calderglen Learning Community, East Kilbride, UK (Scotland).
The Learning Communities have identified some key issues as a focus for the practical work including:
- Sustaining school development
- Increasing the capability of the workforce
- Developing a curriculum and pedagogical approaches that motivate and engage all learners
- Increasing the learner voice in assessment and learning
- Working with parents and the local community
The project team and participants (primarily researchers and school leaders from member countries) are visiting the three sites in order to explore the identified issues and support the learning communities to introduce relevant initiatives and monitor the impact on learner achievement.
The project will draw on information from relevant work and research in member countries as well as the findings of the RA4AL project and other Agency work.
An on-line forum is being provided to serve as a platform for communication and on-going support on three levels: within the learning communities, between the learning communities and among the 'international learning zone'.
Follow-up visits to the three learning communities will take place during 2016.
A range of project outputs, including practical advice and audit tools are planned for different stakeholder groups (e.g. teachers, school leaders) to support work to raise the achievement of all learners. The implications of project findings will be summarised for policy makers.
Further information will be posted on this site as it becomes available.