Running interventions: top tips

Use our practical tips to deliver high-quality interventions. Share our template letter so parents are aware of the interventions in place for their child, and use our reporting sheet to make sure teachers are kept informed of the progress their pupils are making.

Last reviewed on 12 September 2023
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  1. Make evidence-based decisions about interventions
  2. Make sure your staff work closely together 
  3. Report on progress after each session 
  4. Careful timetabling is essential
  5. Pick a suitable location
  6. Engage pupils with the intervention
  7. Communicate clearly with parents
  8. Be ready to explain your reasoning to Ofsted

Make evidence-based decisions about interventions

To meet the conditions for pupil premium grants, you will need to show that any decisions you make about running interventions are informed by research evidence. This is set out in section 4 of the guidance: pupil premium 2023 to 2024: conditions of grant for local authorities.  

Use assessment data to:

  • Identify which pupils are in need of intevention
  • Identify which topics require additional support
  • Track the progress the pupils in the intervention are making

The best interventions provide the right support to the right child. So use assessment regularly to make sure the right children are taking part in interventions, and that the interventions are focusing on the right skills.

Learn more about tracking pupil progress in another article from Key Leaders.

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has produced an evidence-based teaching and learning toolkit for schools. It tells you about the impact of interventions