At QE we have an Intervention strategy that ensures that many of the support systems and staff, who are available to our SEN students, are also available to those who fall below expected levels of progress, or who are struggling to cope with the demands of the curriculum, or life more generally.
We believe that it all stems from the classroom experience and the relationship that develops between staff and students. If staff know their students well they are best placed to provide personalised learning for them. We know this as wave 1 Intervention (see Diagram below).
Sometimes this is sufficient to re-track a student. Often a classroom teacher and their personal mentor can set targets, help with personal organisation, communicate concerns to home or give some additional support and this will be all that is needed.
If a student needs some additional more targeted or ongoing support, the member of staff who has recognised this will raise a ‘Wave 2 Referral’ which enables access to a specialist team of staff who can identify areas of need and provide further intervention and help. Sometimes this is for a fixed period and a specific purpose such as a piece of coursework, or it could be for ongoing and sustained support with more general problems such as literacy, numeracy or assistance with personal organisation, or it might be to access personal support to improve self-esteem and social interaction.
If in turn this proves to be helpful but not specialist enough, moving the issue to wave 3 to call on the support of many of the specialist outside agencies with whom we work would be the next step.
Whatever the issue or barrier to progress we seek out a solution, and are proud of the responsive and creative team of people we have available to offer support. Our aim is always to get students back on track and achieving to their full potential.
Last updated: 20 July 2011