What is an Intervention?
An intervention is designed to help a child or group of children who are struggling within a particular area of their education, this could be emotionally, socially or academically, despite high quality teaching. Interventions are delivered over a specified number of weeks. These interventions are designed for children with the potential to ‘catch up’ and reach age-related expectations by the end of the programme delivery.
They are successful when used with the right group of children who are able to maintain the fast pace of learning. Assessment materials within these programmes enable us to select children who are suitable and will benefit from the intervention.
What is the difference between focused groups and an Intervention?
All children will take part in focussed groups throughout the school day. This may be as part of their classroom learning or to focus specifically on an area of difficulty that your child or a group of children have. This is normal practice at Riverside. Where a child is no longer making expected progress or falling below age related expectations, a targeted intervention may be more appropriate.
How will I know if my child needs to be part of an Intervention?
Your child's class teacher will inform you if they have concerns about the progress your child is making. The class teacher will liaise with the SENCo (Mrs Deakin) and look at possible interventions that may suit your child's needs. This is part of the Plan, Assess, Do, Review process outlined by the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. Though it is important to note at this point that this does not mean your child necessarily has Special Educational Needs. Many children take part in interventions throughout their education to close the gap between their learning and their peers.
During this time, assessments may take place to help identify the best intervention. Once the appropriate intervention has been identified, you will be invited to a discussion with your child's class teacher, who will give you further information about the intervention itself and specific details such as when and how long the intervention will run for. This information may be given as a letter for those parents who find it harder to meet through work or other commitments.
How would I know the level of support my child needs?
At Riverside we use a flow chart to identify which stage a child needing additional support may be at. This helps class teachers and parents to see the level of support their child may need. This is not the only tool we use in school but it offers a guide to how your child is being supported at school.
Will I be informed of the progress my child has made during the Intervention?
Your child's class teacher will make arrangements to discuss the success of the intervention with you once it has finished and any final assessments have taken place. How successful the intervention has been will inform our next steps.
What happens if my child fails to make expected progress on the Intervention?
If your child does not make the expected progress on the intervention and the class teacher, along with yourselves have concerns about your child's learning, then a further meeting would be set up with Mrs Deakin. During this meeting it may be agreed to place your child on the Special Educational Needs register. Your child would then receive an Individual Provision Map outlining the specific targets your child needs support to achieve. We would then discuss further interventions and other possible support your child may need.
Here is a range of the Interventions we offer at Riverside: