Linking assessment and intervention
Intervention is effective when it is linked to a secure system of assessment and pupil progress tracking. You need accurate assessment of what a pupil can do and an understanding of the next steps required for further progress before you can plan properly targeted support. A key role for subject leaders is to ensure that this link is made.
In Key Stage 3, periodic assessment can be used to identify whether a pupil is falling behind and to highlight the aspects of English that are relatively weak. Once you identify these weaker areas, the English progression maps can supply the relevant curricular targets. Programmes such as Reading Challenge that are designed to be used at the outset of Key Stage 3, when detailed assessment information may not be available, include their own initial assessment processes designed to diagnose the pupils’ needs.