School receives award


Impressive work

A national accolade for quality has been awarded Abacus Primary School in Wickford for its work in improving the well-being, resilience and self-esteem of its pupils who are vulnerable to underachievement.

The Quality Mark Award recognises the impressive work being done by the school to improve progress in reading, writing and maths for all pupils, particularly those with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.

The award has been developed by leading education charity Achievement for All (AfA).

Abacus Primary School has been working in partnership with Achievement for All since 2016.

Heidi Blakeley, Headteacher at Abacus Primary School, said: “It has been wonderful to see the impact that Achievement for All has had across our school.

“One key area has been the strengthening of Parental links – home and school working together and having regular, scheduled conversations about children’s progress in additional to our family consultations.

“The structured conversations have helped new teachers to develop effective home school partnerships and be able to talk through areas for development, which might never have come up in family conversations.

“Social achievements have transferred into increased confidence within classrooms, with children recognising their achievements in home learning, improved attendance and taking on individual roles.”

Louise Cudd, Regional Lead at Achievement for All, said: “Abacus Primary School has shown extremely 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.”



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