Do secondary students need one-to-one tuition to catch up, or can they be taught in groups?
The answer is, both – depending on how far behind they are.
Groups can be an effective format for teaching if four conditions are met:
- The students are all working at much the same level;
- The students are not a long way behind;
- The content to be taught is limited and clearly defined;
- The programme of teaching has been carefully designed to ensure efficient coverage and long-term retention.
Groups are NOT appropriate where:
- Students are a long way behind expectations;
- The students’ needs are disparate;
- Students need to work on a number of different strands of reading skills at the same time;
- Motivation is a serious issue.
In other words, the question is not either/or. It is: which format is most appropriate for which students? This is why we advocate for a detailed screening…
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