Newbury charity wins award

PUBLISHED: 11:14 22 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:14 22 November 2013

Sonia Blandford receives the award for Achievement for All 3As

Sonia Blandford receives the award for Achievement for All 3As

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Newbury-based national education charity Achievement for All 3As has won an award.

Charity staff were delighted to hear they had picked up the title of School Improvement Service of the Year at this year’s Education Investor Awards, beating six other finalists.

Presented at a glittering ceremony hosted by BBC Education Correspondent Reeta Chakrabarti at the Hilton Park Lane, London, the award recognises the significant impact the charity has had in transforming education progress and opportunity for vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

At the start of its third year, the charity is now working with over 1,600 schools, including in Berkshire and the surrounding areas, and reaching more than 1 million pupils in its work to raise education aspirations, and access, and close the attainment gap for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people including those identified with special educational needs (SEN).

Sonia Blandford, CEO of Achievement for All 3As said: “This prestigious award is recognition that Achievement for All 3As is providing high quality whole school improvement across the country; an impressive outcome when you consider our focus is on Special Educational Needs, vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people. Our charity values the collaboration and commitment of all our partners in schools who have had such a positive impact on pupils’ and parents’ lives.”

The work of the charity is particularly timely with proposed special educational needs reforms due for implementation by September 2014. The charity is running its campaign Are We Ready? to help schools, local authorities and families prepare for and implement the reforms, which will see families placed at the heart of decision-making for the education of children and young people with special educational needs.

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