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Element 4: Leading improvement in intervention

Find out how to use this element to improve planning for progression in English.

Using this element

This element is designed to secure improvement over a six-week period. Your department can use it flexibly depending on its key priorities. Intervention is action planned to improve the progress of pupils who are identified as underachieving and at risk of not fulfilling their potential. Intervention supports personalisation when it recognises that pupils encounter barriers to their learning and helps them overcome these barriers. It is designed to make sure that all pupils make good progress in literacy and mathematics and can access the Key Stage 3 and 4 curriculum.

Key focus

This element supports an approach to developing tailored intervention and personalisation for any English department. Effective intervention provision and teaching is more than the application of additional time-limited programmes. Schools that are successful design a continuous, tailored approach linking:

  • high-quality first teaching
  • time-limited additional intervention programmes for pupils who are underperforming, stuck or falling behind
  • individual tuition for pupils who face particularly intransigent barriers to learning or who have much ground to make up.

This is often called Wave 1, 2 and 3 provision. You may wish to develop this further for your own department.

  • Using the quality standards

    Senior and subject leaders can find out the benefits of using the quality standards to help achieve departmental consistency, as part of the six-week improvement process. This also includes a checklist to evaluate intervention procedure.

  • Approach

    A suggested six-week improvement plan you can download and adapt to suit the needs of your department. This includes specific issues that this approach can address.

  • Review

    Review the impact of the improvement process by judging how far and in what ways you have achieved each of these nine outcomes.