This much I know about…why we should stop intervening and focus upon improving the quality of teaching

johntomsett

I have been a teacher for 25 years, a Headteacher for 10 years and, at the age of 49, this much I know about why we should stop intervening and focus upon improving the quality of teaching.

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This is my first ever request post. I loved reading a post by @DHTJohn on the corrosive nature of examination run-in interventions. I wish I had written it. When I complimented him @LeeDonaghy and @ieshasmall asked me to write about why I have all but stopped Year 11 interventions…

First clarify your terms. When I was Headteacher at Lady Lumley’s School we invented the concept of PIRA: Prevention, Intervention and Raising Achievement. The definitions of these three different things are important:

  • Prevention: all the great teaching that we do in class to make sure that all our students stay on track, preventing anyone falling behind;
  • Intervention: direct interventions for those individual students who…

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