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Take Action for School: engaged learning to read better

Summary : The Association Take Action for School trains teachers in National Education to use educational tools which enable students to become more engaged in reading, in order to fight against failure and inequality in school.

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  • Start date : 2011
  • Implementation site : France
  • Budget : 1000000 €
  • Source and details on funding : State and private foundations
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  • Agir pour l'école
  • 59 rue La Boétie
  • 75008 Paris
  • Employees : 6
  • Volunteers : 0


Editorial committee

  • Date of proofreading :  23/05/2015 00:00
Opinion of the Committee : High impact !
Solution(s) : Coordination of actions Education
Country :  France, Île-de-France
Stature of the programme :  National
Participant :  Association, ONG
  • Beneficiaries :  Pupil, students
  • Domain :  Education, Training

Reports collected as part of the RESOLIS programme « Taking Action together against dropping out of school » (2015)

Copyright: Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ )
To reference a document published by RESOLIS : Toubiana Julie , « Take Action for School: engaged learning to read better », **Journal RESOLIS** (2015)

Background to the programme

25% of students are failing school in France. 90% of students who don't know how to read well in the 6th year have problems from the start of primaire.
Faced with this analysis, the Association Take Action for School, established in December 2010, has set a goal to find solutions to failure and inequality in school. To do this, Take Action for School conceives, manages and coordinates projects to distribute effective teaching practices in order to provide the skills necessary for a future life that is social, professional and civic, to all students. It is to this end that the reading project was launched in 2011.

Objectives of the programme

- To fight against failure in school.
- To disseminate teaching practices to facilitate pupils in learning to read within National Education
- Enable teachers to better manage their time so they can devote more time to individual students, especially those who are struggling.

Implemented actions

- Development of teaching methods based on work in education research and cognitive psychology.
- Presentation of the approach to cities, academies and schools primarily in priority education zones ... It is intended for classes in CE1 at nursery school.
- When teachers are interested:
-> They receive the tools developed with examples of schemes of work (work on phonology, vocabulary and comprehension)
-> They are trained in these teaching methods (3 hours training)
-> They are followed and supported by the association
- Development of applications on digital tools to facilitate independent working in small groups which leaves time for the teacher to take care of some students individually.
- Assessments throughout the year by the teacher, which allow the project to be adapted.
More advanced assessments are also conducted with the IREDU (Research Institute of Education) and the Cognitive Psychology Laboratory of the University of Lyon 1 to compare it with a control group.

Quantitative and qualitative results from the implemented actions

- More than 10,000 students have followed the program.
- After 3 years of experimentation, the researchers observed a decrease of 30 to 50% of failure in school.
- 94% of teachers are glad be monitored by the association as it's seen as help. They see their students progress and see the difference when compared to what they did before
- Teachers continue to put the methods in place in the following years and continue to send results
- Word of mouth and its the expansion of its use among teachers is testament to their enthusiasm

Original characteristics

- Take Action for School intervenes in schools during school time by enabling teachers to improve their teaching methods. It therefore encourages change from within schools and not from the sidelines.
- The educational tools are founded on research and methods that have already proven themselves to work.

Partnership(s) developed in the context of the programme

- DEPP (Directorate for the Evaluation, Performance and Future of Education): monitors the process and analyses the results of the evaluations
- ANRU (National Agency for Urban Renewal)
- Private Financial partners: Dassault, Axa, HSBC Bettencourt Schuller Foundation ...


Difficulties and/or obstacles encountered during the programme’s implementation :

- The change in teaching practices requires real investment on the part of the teacher

Solutions used to overcome the difficulties and/or obstacles :

- Show videos and promote exchanges with teachers

Suggestions for future improvement :

- Use a platform for exchanges with teachers and develop digital applications

Summary of factors responsible for the programme’s success :

- Develop tools based on existing research which guarantee their effectiveness.
- Have sufficient funding available
- Support the teachers well and help them implement the tools
- Reflect constantly on the tools and improve them according to the feedback from the classroom

Ideas for basic or applied research topics, that could be useful to the programme :

Research on Mathematics in the third year of nursery school or in CP.

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