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The Three Waves of Teaching
At St Theresa’s we use the 3 Waves model of teaching.
All children are entitled to High Quality first teaching at wave 1. This is also described as universal provision. Within Wave 1 teaching some children may, at times, be taught in small groups or in a one-to-one situation to support their learning. Teachers are often skilled at adjusting their teaching to suit differences in learning. Where a child has difficulties that cannot be sorted within the Wave 1 provision they can be given additional help and support at Wave 2 or 3.
Small group work (occasionally 1:1) usually delivered by a teaching assistant. Children chosen for Wave 2 support are those who are slightly behind and can ‘catch up’ with the rest of their age group. The school will make a decision as to whether your child could benefit from Wave 2 support.
The decision is based on how well your child is doing and how far behind they are compared to their age group. Wave 2 interventions last a specified number of weeks, and by the end of the intervention children in the group should have caught up. The pace of this type of intervention will suit some children who need a quick boost. The child who has greater difficulties in literacy and who is unlikely to catch up with their age group through a Wave 2 intervention should be given an intervention at Wave 3. Wave 2 should not be seen as a stepping stone to Wave 3 intervention.
Features of wave 3 interventions are:
- Taught by a teacher/trained teaching assistant in a 1: 1 situation.
- Based on the needs of the child.
- Highly structured so that the steps in learning are small and achievable.
- Designed to boost progress and help the child close the gap between themselves and their year group.
There are a number of sound and effective interventions at Wave 3 and schools have been provided with guidance on which ones are most likely to lead to good progress.