The school operates a number of intervention programmes and these are co-ordinated by the school’s SENCO, Mrs Joanna Dawson. All learners’ programmes are personalised to maximise their progress and manage their social and emotional development.
A thorough assessment of need is completed on entry and the resulting profile provide the platform to personalise the individual learning programme of every learner at the school.Any learner with the reading age below 9 years of age will access the intervention programme until they move to a point of functional literacy above national expectation.In numeracy any learner below national curriculum level 3 qualifies for numeracy intervention
At the beginning of every school year or on admission, learners are assessed using WRAT 4 for reading, comprehension and spelling and a mathematics assessment. Any learner identified with a reading age of below age 9 and national curriculum level maths level below 3 qualifies for ‘Intervention’ and an additional support timetable is actioned by the SENCO using the most appropriate learning strategies available according to the assessment outcomes.
Interventions is well developed throughout the school and the majority of staff have been trained to promote numeracy and literacy through a variety of recognised strategies including:
DEAR – Drop Everything And Read … At 11.30 – 12.00 every school day stops for ALL to spend time reading and appreciating world literature.
Lexia – IT programme that assessing learners then sets a programme which fills in any learning gaps as they progress from level 1 to 5. The aim is to increase reading proficiency.
SNIP – is programme developed for Dyslexic learners which aims to increase reading and spelling and uses the primary high frequency words. The programme approaches literacy acquisition at the word level and addresses the gaps in phonics.
Worshark– IT programme that combines fun and excitement in multi- sensory games with the task of improving reading and spelling
Numbershark– IT programme to help improve their numeracy, it addresses many difficulties which lead students to dislike maths.
Swap/Fix– card games which support language and spelling rules
Truggs– set of games which reinforce, practise and consolidate reading.
1:1 Reading– finding suitable engaging reading material for learners to enjoy.
Success in Arithmetic– programmes designed to raised learners from level 3 to level 4 to become confident in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
My Maths– online interactive maths activities that aim to support maths skills
The AIMS of the intervention strategy are to:
To raise reading ages of all Homewood learners above 9 years age.
To raise numeracy levels for all learners to National Curriculum level 4 or above
To raise self esteem
To become confident as individuals
To enjoy reading
To engage in support
To raise overall attainment. It is widely accepted that any increase in reading, writing and comprehension has a significant impact on a learner’s ability to access GCSE and gain accreditation.
Learners are offered 3 x 30 minutes intervention sessions weekly either for literacy or numeracy and both. This regular intervention time alongside our half hour daily DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) sessions aims to raise both numeracy and literacy levels across the college.