At Invested Education, interventions are targeted support sessions, tailored to support students in order to help them to achieve or exceed their target grades or levels and/or to help them with emotional or social support to be more confident and happy at school. Interventions span all year groups and abilities and are usually guided by current data and student progress.
There are a range of academic interventions available to pupils who come to Invested in order to support them in making rapid progress and plugging any gaps in learning.
An academic intervention is a strategy used to teach a new skill, build fluency in a skill, or encourage a child to apply an existing skill to new situations or settings (wright, 2012).
At Invested Education we believe that reading is an important part of our curriculum and it has many benefits.
What are the benefits of reading?
Strong links between reading for pleasure and education outcomes.
Improved relationships with others.
Reductions in symptoms of depression and stress.
Lower instances of dementia later in life.
Sense of connectedness to wider community and even the wider world.
Increased sense of achievement.
Greater self-awareness and critical thinking skills.
A student reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills. Every half term a total word count is collated so each pupil can see how many words they have read. The tutor group with the most ‘words read’ are given a reward and a certificate.
AR gives teachers the information they need to monitor students’ reading practice and make informed decisions to guide their future learning. A comprehensive set of reports reveals how much a student has been reading, at what level of complexity, and how well they have understood what they have read. Vocabulary growth and literacy skills are also measured, giving teachers insight into how well students have responded to reading schemes and class instruction
Pupils take a STAR Reading test to access their reading level. The results of this assessment provide valuable information for teachers. The STAR test results include a Reading Age, English National Curriculum Level for Reading and a recommendation of the ideal readability level of books each pupil should read at, called a ZPD.
Pupils then choose and read a book from the school library at around the beginning of their own ZPD range. Once they have finished, they go to the website, Renaissance Place, and take an Accelerated Reader quiz on the book. Their percentage correct score and the points that awarded for passing a quiz are highly motivating for pupils. Teachers give pupils praise for achievement and decide on incentives and rewards. With staff guidance and reviewing their latest score, pupils then make an informed decision about the next book to choose.
A personalized digital library at every student’s fingertips
We have various online platforms we use to engage pupils and are proud to announce we have added myON to our list.
myON by Renaissance is a student-centred, personalised literacy platform that offers every student unlimited access to an enhanced digital library. Combined with a suite of literacy and homework tools, it is an incredible standalone product as well as working in harmony with Star Reading and Accelerated Reader.
Online learning myON.
Renaissance myON® Reader is a student-centered, personalized literacy environment that gives students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books. Titles are dynamically matched to each individual student’s interests, year and Lexile® reading level. Combined with a suite of close reading tools and embedded supports, myON Reader fosters student engagement and achievement.
Lexonik is a literacy intervention program developed by an award winning company based in Middlesbrough which has been improving literacy for learners of all abilities across the UK and beyond. Their program, which is suitable for even the most able of learners, provides and immersive boost to existing literacy and vocabulary levels which enhances engagement, comprehension, confidence and success. Literacy levels are proven to impact not only upon success within education but also on employment opportunities, career advancement and ultimately personal fulfilment. Unique in its approach and delivery, Lexonik promotes reading for knowledge, fluency of decoding and word mastery. Through specific targeted instruction and fun exercises and activities, Lexonik teaching focuses on the structure of the English language at a range of age-appropriate levels, suitable for learners aged 10 and above, across a whole range of learning settings. All students at Invested Education will receive an initial Lexoniks assessment to identify gaps in their learning and an intervention program will be allocated to bridge those gaps.
CENTURY is the award-winning AI teaching and learning platform for schools, colleges and universities. The platform uses artificial intelligence, neuroscience and learning science to create constantly adapting pathways for students and powerful assessment data for teachers. It learns how each student learns, adapts to their strengths and weaknesses and constantly adjusts with support or challenge. Students can study a range of subjects using this learning platform all are tailored to the student's developing knowledge and attainment.
One to One intervention
We also use one to one intervention for Mathematics for identified students on a weekly basis. The intervention teacher uses a range of interventions including Numeracy Ninjas and Times Tables Rock Stars to boost basic numeracy to enable students to improve their access to all subjects.
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