Achieving More The Reedham ‘Achieving More’ project gave support to vulnerable children and families with the aim of improving access to the opportunities in state-school education. Reedham Children’s Trust identified ‘transition’ as a key time of heightened risk for vulnerable families. Achieving More specifically focused on pupils transitioning from Primary School Year 6 to Secondary School Year 7. Achieving More was based in eight schools within the London Borough of Croydon, and the project was built as a partnership of outstanding practitioners, working with the national charity School Home Support and local Croydon based charity Reaching Higher. Achieving More provided the placement of six School Home Support key workers to support pupils and their families within their primary school setting; and enabled Reaching Higher to build on the work in primary schools to deliver their mentoring and therapeutic sport and drama interventions within two secondary schools. 2021-2022 Academic year 2021-2022 has been the final full year of this 3-year development project. Working closely with our project partners, School Home Support and Reaching Higher, we have focused on ensuring effective join up for transition support for those young people who have moved from year 6 primary into year 7 secondary, as well as collaboratively preparing the joined-up support for this year’s year 6 pupils as they get ready to apply for secondary school and for their transition next academic year (September 2022). Primary School Achieving More support in the primary schools continued to focus on addressing root causes of low attendance and poor behaviour, while at the same time attending to relief of immediate need e.g., food, poverty, eviction, domestic violence. 681 children and family members supported 20% have now improved their attendance by an average of 9.6%, resulting in an extra 19 days in school per child 2% of at-risk pupils improved their behaviour 7% of parents have become more engaged and involved in their child’s education, learning and academic life (over the three years). “The great thing about our Practitioner is she is proactive, and I don’t have to go through things step-by-step … she is always up to speed on the needs of the young people and their families”. Deputy Headteacher Secondary School Over 90% of all young people who attended all sessions showed an improvement in their overall school attendance Over 90% of young people achieved a reduced detention rate Over 75% of young people expressed increased aspiration since the start of the programme, a reduced detention rate since joining the programme, and over 805 expressed increased self confidence Over the three years, more than 2,000 children, young people and their families have been supported. From our learnings with Achieving More, we have developed the Croydon Schools Engagement project.