More information about support and intervention.
If my child is a little behind in their progress how will the school support them?
From time to time a child may not always make the progress that we would expect. A whole host of reasons might lie behind this - or sometimes children may just need a short time to consolodate their learning. This may mean that whilst progress is not seeing a child moving levels they are actually moving forward. That is fine if it is only for a short time - but when this goes on for any length of time we need to think about how to help the child to move on.
Support within the normal scope of the class
The most common type of help that a child will get is from the class teacher, teaching assistant of another adult soon after they have not understood something. The teacher will go through a concept again and try to help your child. Often this may mean trying to explain the concept in a different way. You may be asked by the class teacher to help by supporting your child with a little additional reinforcement work at home.
Some children may have a plateaued for a longer period of time and when this is the case children may well start to look as though they may find it difficult to meet their targets. When this is the case the class teacher may well call on some of the additional support time that we have available across school. This will usually mean that a teaching assistant (but sometimes a teacher) will work on a specific area of work with your child and some of their peers who are perhaps experiencing similar difficulties. These programmes will be timetabled into your child's learning. They may also involve some additional home work support and they will usually be time limited to around a term. At the end of a programme of intervention the aim is for your child to have made progress and to have caught up with where we would expect them to be.
Sometimes the reason for not making progress may be for reasons other than academic and in this case we will support the child through the work of our pupil mentor.
My child has been part of intervention programmes, but is still not making expected progress - what next?
For a few children (about 1 in 6), there will be more complex reasons for their lack of progress. This will probably not always be apparent until they fall a little behind their peers. If this is your child then you should have been talking about this with class teachers on several occasions and a number of different support strategies will have been tried. You will also have ruled out obvious medical reasons such as "glue ear" or sight problems. Once this point has been reached then it may be right to recognise that you child has a specific learning difficulty and to place them on the school's Special Educational Needs & Disability register.