How to use this exemplar to improve practice
This case study, along with reflective questions, could be used to assist in identifying if this is an appropriate strategy to meet the needs of identified pupils at professional learning sessions or in classrooms.
- Does the school’s strategic approach to developing children’s skills in reading?
- How well are children living in socio economic poverty attaining by comparison to those who are least disadvantaged?
- How well is your establishment removing barriers to learning and ensuring equity for all?
- How do we know if personalised support is having the desired impact of improving outcomes for learning?
Reading for success: Case study
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What was done?
Through formative and summative assessments children underachieving in reading were identified. A programme of interventions was developed for individual children supported by trained pupil support assistants. The programme was implemented and closely monitored to meet the learning needs of children across the school.
Through self-evaluation Robert Smillie identified reading as an area for improvement with targeted groups of children needing support in particular areas of phonics and word recognition.
What was the impact?
Attainment in reading improved, with some children making significant progress from prior learning. Staff training lead to a greater understanding of how children develop reading skills. Partnership working between support staff and class teachers was also enhanced.
The impact of this intervention on raising attainment led to the local authority to extending the approach to a wider range of schools.