Current Rady Projects
In an individual school
At Archbishop Illsley Catholic School in North Birmingham RADY began with the current Year 9 cohort when they were in Year 7. Louise works with senior leaders including the RADY lead every term to evaluate the impact of changes to the curriculum, to teaching methodology, to the approach to extra-curricular activities, to setting and target setting. She helps them to question their own practice and suggests practical next steps for further impactful improvements.
Across a Multi-Academy Trust
Within the Two Counties Trust, data analysis was used to identify those academies most in need of the RADY project. Trevor introduced the project and is working with each of the academies to change expectations, raise awareness and look at how aspirations can be used to improve attainment.
Across a Local Authority
In Central Bedfordshire, the RADY initiative was thoroughly researched by senior LA advisers before 9 schools were asked to take part in a pilot project which was then expanded to 19 schools in year 2. The authority runs its own RADY network meetings with Challenging Education directors to which they invite all LA schools. The level of engagement of Central Bedfordshire schools has been extremely impressive and significant improvements are being seen.
Across a Region
A pilot RADY project was funded by EAS in south-east Wales (encompassing 11 local authorities).
Ongoing work – RADY Networks
Any school involved in the RADY project is invited to three free RADY Network meetings per year. Two of these are phase specific and the Spring term Network is for all schools. Meetings share best practice, but also what has been tried and doesn’t work. They are an opportunity to hear from leaders in the field and from teachers in real classrooms about what is helping disadvantaged youngsters attain more successfully. They are frequently described as the best CPD delegates attend in a year.