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Q = Quitting School. Those who can't read by 4th grade are 4x more likely to drop out of school. Explore the Alphabet of Illiteracy

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Understanding words keep kids in school. If you can't read by the time you're in the 4th grade you're 4 times more likely to drop out of school. Illiterate parents often don't understand the value of education. So their children more often end up illiterate too. Literacy can give kids (and eventually their kids) the best chance in life.

UNESCO (2010)

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How our partners have helped.

Being unable to read has a great effect on a student’s comprehension at school. If they can’t understand what they’re being taught, then it drastically increases the dropout rate. Achievement for All works with 41,000 children and 14,000 teachers across England and Wales to help improve the reading levels of children from all backgrounds and abilities, especially working with children with disabilities and learning difficulties.

Being unable to read has a great effect on a student’s comprehension at school. If they can’t understand what they’re being taught, then it drastically increases the dropout rate. Achievement for All works with 41,000 children and 14,000 teachers across England and Wales to help improve the reading levels of children from all backgrounds and abilities, especially working with children with disabilities and learning difficulties.

For many children, school is a very stressful and challenging experience. This is even more so for children with learning disabilities.

Thomas (not his real name) was struggling in class, and falling significantly behind his peers, when he was identified as having ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and it looked very unlikely that he would reach the national standard before moving on to secondary school.

Once his school joined the Achievement for All (AFA) programme, they opened up new lines of communication between Thomas’s parents and his teacher. Through this new avenue, his teacher discovered his love for gardening, and teaching his younger brother about gardening too.

Investing in Thomas’s passion, they set up a small corner of the playground as a vegetable patch and made him the school’s gardening champion. With AFA’s help, the school managed to weave the school curriculum into Thomas’s garden work, from seed planting and charting growth to documenting events.

They even sent him into other classes in the school so he could teach and share his knowledge of gardening with the other children.

As he became more confident, his love of school and learning increased, making his grades start to rise. By the end of his primary education, he had achieved every target set for him.

Now in secondary school, he has taken on the techniques taught to him by AFA and is thriving.

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Achievement for All works with 41,000 children and 14,000 teachers to help improve the reading levels of children from all backgrounds and abilities.
We are proud to be part of a good local school, and be able to say so publicly. We are proud of what our kids are achieving in reading
Tim Miller – Parent and Teaching Assistant
  • 50%

    50% of children with learning difficulties were suspended or expelled from school in 2011.

  • 19%

    19% of high school students with learning difficulties dropped out in 2011.

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