Achievement For All is bad for kids

Hier kunnen wij in NL een lesje van leren. Andrew Old schreef deze blog over een ‘onderwijsvernieuwing’ die heel veel beloofde maar, zoals in NL vaak het geval is, alleen op mooie kreten, moderne prietpraat en mooi klinkende ideologieën is gebouwd. Hij noemt dit het nieuwste geval van de keizer zonder kleren.

Scenes From The Battleground

I’m not a huge fan of the Education Endowment Fund, partly because they’ve allowed some pretty shoddy research in the past, and partly because they have a history of being partisan on certain issues. However, they do fund RCTs that test certain education initiatives and, at the very least, that should enable them to spot some popular initiatives that have no effect or even a negative effect.

The latest emperor with no clothes is Achievement For All, which according to the EEF website

 …is a whole-school improvement programme that aims to improve the academic and social outcomes of primary school pupils. Trained Achievement for All coaches deliver a bespoke two-year programme to schools through monthly coaching sessions which focus on leadership, learning, parental engagement and wider outcomes, in addition to focusing on improving outcomes for a target group of children (which largely consists of the lowest 20% of…

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