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handwriting intervention 

We use a dysgraphia programme which focuses on drawing, writing and planning Drawing is the first step to overcoming dysgraphia as it exercises and develops the fine motor skills, which are essential to handwriting.  The writing sections revisits many of the simple concepts of forming letters.Planning is vital for organising ideas before students start writing in order for them to focus on their handwriting.  This programme takes approximately 12 weeks.

catch up literacy 

Catch Up® Literacy is a structured one-to-one intervention for learners who find reading difficult. It enables struggling readers to achieve more than double the progress of typically developing readers.

Catch Up® Literacy uses a book-based approach to support learners in their reading of a book so they activate both dimensions of reading – word recognition processes (including phonics) and language comprehension processes.

It is suitable for all struggling readers whose Reading Age is significantly below their Chronological Age and is designed for use with struggling readers aged 6-14, rather than beginner readers.

spelling intervention 

We use the SNIP literacy programme.  The programme is aimed at increasing reading and spelling and uses secondary curriculum and high frequency words (HFW). It approaches literacy acquisition at  the word level and addresses the gaps in phonics knowledge through the application of analytic phonics (drawing pupils’ attention to the makeup of words as they break up the target word). 

The words are grouped by selecting those that visually look different to each other. It is felt that this programme is appropriate for all secondary pupils with reading and/or spelling difficulties, who have already been exposed to effective phonic/ literacy teaching but are still struggling. 

talk-about skills programme

This programme teaches social and relationship skills to teenagers. Designed specifically for teenagers, this practical workbook provides ready-made material for running social and relationship skills groups with older children and young adults.  Divided into five, hierarchical modules - self awareness and self-esteem; body language; conversational skills; friendship skills; assertiveness skills.  Students take part in the intervention in a small group 1x/ week for the school year.