Teaching and Learning for identified students

Students identified as Wave 1 will access tailored teaching in classes with additional, time-limited, tailored intervention support programmes

The effective inclusion of all students occurs when:  •    teaching is based on clear objectives that are shared with students and returned to at the end of the lesson;  •    links are made to learning in different contexts;  •    new vocabulary is carefully explained;  •    lively interactive teaching styles are used and maximum use is made of visual and kinaesthetic as well as auditory / verbal learning.   Approaches of this nature are the best way to accommodate the learning of all students within each class.  

In addition to high quality inclusive teaching some students will require Wave 1 intervention to ensure that they get back on-track in terms of their attainment in literacy and numeracy and to address their needs with Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, Communication and Interaction and Physical and Sensory difficulties.  Students may also be identified as Wave 1 if they have low levels of attendance or are under achieving.

Wave 1 intervention is support which is designed to increase rates of progress and secure learning for groups of students, putting them back on course to meet or exceed national expectations.  This takes the form of tight, structured programmes of small-group support, carefully targeted and delivered to help students achieve their learning objectives.  Wave 1 intervention helps students apply their learning in mainstream lessons.  

Wave 1 intervention is characterised by small-group intervention and/or programmes such as Springboard, Literacy Progress Units, Learning Challenge, Reading Challenge, Writing Challenge, Lexia and Booster classes.  Wave 1 intervention is intended for students who can be expected to ‘close the gap’ with their peers as a result of the intervention.  Interventions at Wave 1 are designed for students for whom a well- structured, short-term programme will enable them to make progress.  

Students with SEN who may be included in Wave 1 interventions are students who can be brought back “on track”; that is those students whose attainment in English and mathematics is not significantly out of step with their peers.  Students with SEN receiving Wave 1 intervention for English and /or mathematics may have special educational needs such as Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties,  Communication and Interaction and Physical and Sensory difficulties.  These students will receive other forms of support for their SEN.  

Students identified as Wave 2 will access

Everything at Wave 1 plus increasingly individualised programmes, based on independent evidence of what works

At Wave 2, students will have their needs addressed through inclusive teaching and in addition, will receive specific targeted approaches in terms of a SEN intervention.  Students placed at Wave 2 will have particular needs related to Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, Communication and Interaction and Physical and Sensory difficulties.  Their needs will be likely to be greater, in terms of literacy and numeracy, than those students placed at Wave 1.  We will appoint a member of staff to the role of keyworker to liaise and support every student identified at Wave 2 whilst attending Priestlands.

Students identified as Wave 3 will access

Everything at Wave 2 plus increasingly individualised programmes, based on independent evidence of what works.  In addition, there is likely to be specific support allocated by the Local Authority

Wave 3 is support which will accelerate and maximise progress and minimise performance gaps.  Wave 3 may  entail one-to-one or very small group support to ensure that students achieve very specific targets.  We will appoint a member of staff to the role of keyworker to liaise with and support every student identified at Wave 3 whilst attending Priestlands.

Provision at Wave 3 is likely to entail adjustment of learning objectives and teaching styles and /or the nature of support.  Wave 3 may need to be a more intensive programme than that provided at Wave 2 and may involve individual support.  At Wave 3, students will have access to SEN interventions such as the Catch Up Secondary School Programme for literacy and/or the Primary National Strategy Wave 3 maths programme.

Students receiving Wave 3 support will be identified as having an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) or are identified as a New Arrival English as an Additional Language (EAL).

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