What is Rady?
A trident approach that begins with the RADY catalyst – quite simply, at the start of a Key Stage, giving a disadvantaged student back the attainment they would probably have achieved if they were not disadvantaged.
RADY is an expectations and leadership approach that artificially ‘flags up’ disadvantaged students for early additional support both in and out of the classroom to support them in attaining at the same level as ‘others’ over a period of a Key Stage.
Why schools need RADY
- Aiming to have a gap. Almost all schools set attainment targets, based on prior attainment figures. Therefore, schools across all phases are aiming to have a gap. National figures on progress show that disadvantaged children continue to make less progress than ‘others’ and therefore the gap from start to end of a Key Stage actually increases.
- The impact of expectations. “The voluminous research on teacher expectations has shown, in both experimental and correlational studies, that the self- fulfilling prophecy effect does exist in classrooms” Rubie-Davies et al, 2014.
- Attainment matters. “What matters to children from low-income families is that a school enables them to achieve a qualification to get on in life.” Dr Rebecca Allen, Director, Education Datalab ‘Pupil Premium – Next Steps’ Sutton Trust and Education Endowment Foundation 2015.
To support the uplift, schools then review and improve: their curriculum, use of assessment information, quality of teaching, learning experience, extra-curricular opportunities, careers education, cultural experiences…. at the beginning of the Key Stage. There are four or five years to ‘close the gap’.