Teaching and Learning for identified students

Students identified as Wave 1 will access:

Tailored teaching in classes with additional, time-limited, tailored intervention support

The effective inclusion of all students occurs when teaching is, for example, 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.

Wave 1 is support which is designed to improve 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 plans of support that are usually delivered through curriculum departments.  These are carefully targeted and delivered to help students achieve their learning objectives. Wave 1 intervention needs to help students apply their learning in mainstream lessons. 

Students identified as Wave Two will access:

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 and /or Learning gap (LG) intervention. Students placed at Wave 2 will have particular needs related to literacy and/or numeracy. Their needs will be greater, in terms of literacy and numeracy, than those students placed at Wave 1.

Wave 2 intervention is characterised by small-group intervention and/or programmes such as Springboard, Literacy Progress Units, Learning Challenge, Reading challenge, Writing Challenge and Booster classes. Wave 1 is intended for students who can be expected to ‘close the gap’ with their peers as a result of the intervention.  Interventions at Wave 2 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 2 interventions are students who can be brought back ‘on track’.  Students with SEN receiving Wave 1 intervention for English and /or mathematics may have special educational needs such as behaviour, emotional and social development, students who have difficulties in communication and interaction, or students who have sensory or physical impairment. These students will receive other forms of support for their SEN, for example social skills or anger management interventions.

Students identified as Wave Three will access:

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.

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.

Students receiving Wave 3 support will be identified as having an EHCP or are identified as a New Arrival EAL