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National Accolade Awarded to Kensington Primary School

The Quality Lead Award has been developed by leading education charity Achievement for All (AfA), and recognises the impressive work being done by the school to improve progress in reading, writing and maths for all pupils.

Achievement for All offers support programmes to schools and settings to help them improve outcomes in the lowest achieving 20 per cent. Kensington Primary School has been working in partnership with the charity since  December 2016 and has seen a marked improvement in many aspects. One notable initiative, Structured Conversations, is an approach the school have adopted as part of the Achievement for All programme, to further engage parents in their child’s learning. It is based on a culture of mutual listening rather than telling. A parent of a Year One child involved in the programme described the impact of the initiative: “My son is now more confident, he interacts better, he is learning more and he feels better about himself. He used to really struggle and was clingy to me.”

Ben Levinson,  Head Teacher at Kensington, said:

“At Kensington, we believe that every child can. This is core to our success and the success of our children. Becoming an Achievement for All Quality Lead is wonderful recognition of the work the whole school community does to ensure every child achieves their potential. We have learnt a huge amount during our time working with AfA and we look forward to building on this and continuing to share our experience with other schools.”

Achievement for All works closely with parents, carers, teachers and the individual child to secure the best outcome and attainment for their students through personalised and specific targets. The unique programmes are delivered directly to schools and settings via a highly skilled and trained team of expert coaches and specialist online support tool called The Bubble.

Schools have the opportunity to win two awards - Quality Mark and Quality Lead, of which Quality Lead is the most prestigious. Kensington achieved the Quality Mark in July 2018. Once a school has been awarded a Quality Mark, it may then move on to achieve Quality Lead status.

Schools are assessed in various categories such as strategic planning, quality of teaching and learning, effective use of interventions, pupil progress and community relationships.

Kris Wodehouse, Regional Lead at Achievement for All, said:

“We are delighted to present Kensington Primary School with this prestigious award – a real stamp of quality for their high standards in leadership, teamwork, quality of teaching and pupil progress. The target groups we have been working with have made more than expected progress and are closing the gap with their peers.

“However, it’s not just the target groups who have made significant progress. Our programmes are designed to be a whole school improvement tool and Kensington has shown a continued commitment and success in improving outcomes for all children across the whole school and that of other children within the local area.

“Achievement for All believes that every child can progress, and through our programmes we hope to enable every child to be the best that they can be regardless of background, challenge, or need. Huge congratulations to teachers, parents and children at Kensington for all their hard work. A truly deserved award.”