At Travis St Lawrence CE Primary school, we want to make sure that all our children make as much progress as possible and achieve their full potential. The main way we achieve this is through providing quality first teaching day to day in the classroom, with learning that meets the varying needs of the children in the class.
Sometimes, an additional intervention may be necessary to further support a child's development within a particular area of the curriculum or to help them develop their social skills or self confidence and self esteem. As a school, we utilise a range of specific, evidence based interventions for the core subjects of English and Mathematics and also for communication and pastoral care. These interventions may be one to one or in small groups.
We are currently also supporting children who have missed key elements of their learning and development due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is in the form of small group tutoring, either alongside or in addition to lessons, which is funded by the government’s Recovery Premium.
Children are identified for intervention using a range of methods that include data tracking, (attainment and progress), teacher assessment, classroom observation, conversation with parents and carers and informal observations of the children in the classroom and in the playground.
It is important to note that children identified for intervention are not always lower attaining children. Children are identified across a range of groups and are selected when teaching staff and senior leaders believe they have the capacity for further or accelerated progress at a given point.
Whilst additional interventions support a child’s development in a targeted area, we ensure that children are still able to access a full, broad and balanced curriculum. There are different ways this is achieved, such as varying the day / time of the intervention; varying the timing of lessons within a day; the intervention being delivered alongside the teaching of the subject. All children will catch up any missed learning whilst they are out of class. Interventions are short term and usually last around 6 – 8 weeks, with children accessing all lessons for the remainder of the year.
If your child is identified to work in one of our specific intervention programmes, you will be made aware of this by the class teacher and will be given an update on the impact of the intervention during parents evening. We may also invite your child to work as a supportive peer or role model in an intervention group and you will also be informed of this.
If you would like any more information on the interventions or additional support we offer, please speak to your child's class teacher.
At Travis, all children receive support for their social, emotional well-being and mental health (SEMH) through day-to-day interactions with their teachers and the adults who know them best. This is supported by curriculum work to develop the whole child through PSHRE lessons, mindfulness and the development of our Travis Virtues.
At times, some children will require additional intervention to support their emotional well-being and/or mental health. We are able to offer different types of support, depending on the needs of the child.
We will always work with parents/carers to ensure children receive appropriate support. As with all interventions in school, parents/carers will be informed if their child is receiving additional support.
Parents/carers are also always welcome to contact school at any time to discuss any needs they think their child may need support with.
Please click on the link here to find out more details of the different types of pastoral support we can offer.