Intervention & Support
Autumn 1 (first half of Autumn Term)
Autumn 2 (second half of Autumn Term)
Interventions are planned and delivered for one period at a time. Prior to each period, we assess the progress and needs of our students, allocate support and inform parents. Following each period, we assess progress, inform parents of outcomes and allocate interventions for the following period.
Literacy intervention is perhaps the most important aspect of our learning support role. It covers all aspects of literacy including:
Students are identified for literacy support from reading age assessments that students take in September each year. Interventions include:
1:1 daily reading to a support teacher
1:1 reading to an older student in Year 10 or 11, three times per week
Small group reading intervention using Read Write Inc. This is designed to ‘rescue’ pupils aged 9 and above who are reading below age-related expectations, using a phonics-based approach
Learning Skills programme from the National Literacy Trust.
We have found reading frequently to an adult to be the most effective way to improve reading. By frequently, we mean every day. We are convinced that if students read for 15 minutes per day to their parents or another adult, their reading age will improve significantly.
For students with Dyslexia, improving reading can be a slow process. We therefore use a variety of strategies and resources including:
‘Read & write’ software is displayed as a literacy toolbar on all of our computers and can be used by students to read text out, verbally explain unfamiliar words and proof read their own writing – more information can be found here.
C-pens to scan and read back text
Chromebooks to record text and check spelling and grammar.
At the end of each intervention period, students that have received literacy support take another reading age test. Parents are informed of the outcome of this test via an Intervention Report.
Reading and spelling ages are recorded as months above or below the student’s chronological age.
Additional English and Maths
Social and Emotional Support
The Nurture Suite
The Nurture Suite is always open to students. Some students hold a ‘Nurture Card’ which allows them to visit the Nurture Suite during lessons if they need time out. Any student can visit the Nurture Suite at any other time to speak with our support team. There is always a member of the support team present in the suite.