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Alternative provision: how to choose and work with providers
Download our alternative provision (AP) audit to help you decide whether a provider is suitable for your pupils. Plus, find out how Ofsted inspects your AP and how you should work with the provider during your pupil's stay there.
Assertive mentoring in primary schools
How do primary schools use assertive mentoring? We include information from schools on the features of assertive mentoring, and we look at how schools have used the pupil premium for assertive mentoring.
Closing the gap in primary schools
How can primary schools raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils? In this article, we refer to research and guidance on how schools can close the attainment gap and improve attainment. We also look at how schools can use the pupil premium to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.
Evaluating intervention strategies: advice and tracking tool
Is there guidance on evaluating the impact of interventions? We relay expert advice on evaluating interventions, and link to a guide from the Education Endowment Foundation. We include a downloadable KeyDoc tool for evaluating interventions, and guidance on reporting to governors about interventions.
Handwriting interventions for pupils with SEN
Are there examples of handwriting interventions in schools for pupils with SEN? We look at examples of handwriting interventions for these pupils in schools. We also link to an article with advice on improving the writing of pupils with special educational needs (SEN).
Intervention strategies for English and mathematics (primary)
Can you outline intervention programmes for KS1 and KS2? We refer to examples of intervention programmes designed to support pupils in English and mathematics at Key Stage (KS) 1 and 2. We also link to guidance on closing the gap.
Intervention strategies (secondary)
How can we accelerate progress among low attaining pupils? We look at the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) toolkit, which includes research on effective interventions. We also look specifically at literacy interventions and examples of interventions run by secondary schools.
Raising attainment in literacy for years 7 and 8
How can the SLT support literacy in lower-attaining pupils in years 7 and 8? We relay expert advice on how senior leaders can monitor literacy progress. We also look at examples of literacy intervention strategies from schools, including a case study, and link to further articles on this topic.
Raising attainment in maths (primary)
Follow our 5-step guide to find out how you can raise attainment in maths across your school. Know what good practice looks like and use it on a whole-school or teacher level.
Reading interventions for pupils with SEN
What interventions can support the literacy of pupils with SEN? We refer to a report evaluating the effectiveness of different intervention schemes for pupils with literacy difficulties. We also link to resources available from Oxford University Press and guidance from Bradford City Council.
Research into raising achievement (secondary)
Is there research on raising achievement in secondary schools? We refer to research on effective strategies to raise achievement, and look at factors that influence achievement. You will also find information about The Key’s CPD Toolkit, including a module on raising achievement.
Strategies to raise achievement in literacy
What literacy strategies effectively impact on pupil achievement? We look at research on effective strategies and intervention programmes to raise achievement in literacy from the Education Endowment Foundation and the Department for Education.
Strategies to raise achievement (secondary)
How can secondary schools raise achievement? We look at case studies on how secondary schools have raised achievement. We also relay advice on how schools can use continuing professional development for staff and personalised career goals for pupils to raise achievement.
Stretch and challenge strategies
How do schools provide stretch and challenge? This article looks at strategies schools use to stretch and challenge pupils. We also outline guidance on the factors that can limit how well pupils are stretched, and link to CPD designed to help you provide stretch and challenge.
The impact of SEN interventions: research
Where can I find research into the impact of SEN interventions? This article points to studies looking at literacy and speech and language interventions, as well as research on teaching strategies for pupils with SEN. You will also find a link to the EEF's teaching and learning toolkit.
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