How to deliver high-quality interventions

Learn how to make sure interventions are targeted and effective. Find out what Ofsted expects and where to find evidence-based interventions, and get inspiration from an 'outstanding' school.

Last reviewed on 15 September 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Use the EEF toolkit to make evidence-based choices
  2. Keep interventions brief and regular 
  3. Make sure staff are highly trained 
  4. Link intervention content to regular classroom content
  5. Tailor interventions to pupils
  6. Hold 'summit meetings'
  7. Try 1 of these 6 intervention strategies
  8. Assess progress regularly
  9. Evaluate the impact of your strategies
  10. Be ready to explain your reasoning to Ofsted

Note: for some sections of this article, we spoke to Gwen Temple, senior deputy headteacher and designated safeguarding lead at Lawrence Sheriff School, about her school’s approach to interventions. It's a secondary teaching school in Warwickshire, but you'll still find this guidance useful if you're in a primary school, as many of the strategies are relevant for both phases. 

Use the EEF toolkit to make evidence-based choices

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 3 of the guidance: pupil premium 2022 to 2023: conditions of grant for local authorities.