What is Rady?

Raising the Attainment of Disadvantaged Youngsters (RADY) begins in schools with the RADY catalyst – quite simply, at the start of a Key Stage, flagging up a pupil as having untapped potential and ensuring everything is done to close that gap as early as possible.  This means the pupil is set the same expectations as their non-disadvantaged peer.  If a school sets end of year, phase or Key Stage expectations then it is also ensuring these are set based on expectations for their non-disadvantaged peers rather than on their prior attainment.    

RADY is a long-term hearts and minds approach, helping schools to become equitable in all aspects of the education they provide and making sure that those learners who need it most get the extra that helps them to get there.  Because the catalyst is applied at the start of a phase of education, schools have a number of years to ensure the extra makes life-changing differences.    

After applying the catalyst, schools on their RADY journey integrate the RADY principles as a golden thread through their school development plan, ensure that disadvantaged youngsters are proportionally represented in all aspects of school life and work tirelessly to help every member of staff understand why an equitable approach is the right one. 

Central Bedfordshire LA commissioned an independent review by the University of Bedfordshire of our RADY work in their schools.  We are delighted you can read this review by clicking the link below


Why schools need RADY

  1. Aiming to have a gap. Almost all schools who set attainment targets do so 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Which schools can use Rady?

RADY can be implemented in ANY school.  Challenging Education currently works alongside schools in all phases, from first and infant schools to middle and secondary settings.  It is also entirely appropriate to implement RADY in special school and Pupil Referral Units and Challenging Education are delighted to be supporting staff in these settings to make life-changing differences for those who need it most.  Click below to find our how coaching can support your RADY journey.  

You can apply for FREE access to Recorded RADYTM

To make sure no school misses out on becoming a RADYTM school, individual schools can apply to have free access to Recorded RADYTM for 18 months.  Recorded RADYTM gives a school leader all the information required to get RADYTM started in a school.

We are doing this as part of our work as founders of the Achieve Equity Foundation (hyperlink to AEF) (registered charity No 1204018). Schools that can demonstrate their work on RADYTM in their schools have the opportunity to apply for small grants to support their RADYTM work.

The application process

If you are a headteacher/principal (or senior leader with permission from your headteacher) and would like to apply for free access to this training, click the link below to start the application process.

The application process will ask you to answer 10 questions about your current work with disadvantaged learners in your school and how you would ensure that your school would make best use of Recorded RADYTM .We will give access to all schools who indicate their commitment to RADYTM in their application form.

In addition, you will also be asked to complete a self-evaluation form which provides your baseline for RADYTM and you will revisit this in 12 months time to gauge the progress made.  This information is not used to decide on giving you access or not.

LINK HERE to the application page. Send to the new system.

Support rady with thinking differently for disadvantaged learners

To support all RADY schools, no matter what point they are in the RADY journey, we can offer our recorded online resource for all staff to access.  This Professional Learning Programme (PLP) is divided into 6 modules, each containing ‘bite-sized’ training videos and additional materials, and all focussed on supporting the most disadvantaged youngsters.