Successful Interventions being used in schools

interventionDuring last term I had the great pleasure of working with many SENCOs across England. They have shared with me the interventions they are using in their schools to support both underachieving and SEND children and young people. Below is a summary of some of the most popular interventions and links so you can find out more. If you have others that you would like to share with colleagues please let me know and I will add them to the list – Contact Me






Numiconis a multi-sensory approach to teaching mathematics based on a proven pedagogy that raises achievement across all ability levels and sustains it over time. It is supported by bespoke professional development

  • Develops fluency by using a visual, practical base to develop conceptual understanding and fluent recall.

  • Helps children to reason mathematically through the use of concrete objects and spoken language to explain and justify.

  • Develops children into confident problem-solvers.

Click here to find out more: Numicon Intervention

Fisher Family Trust Wave 3: is an early intervention for children in Year 1 who have difficulties learning to read and write.  FFT Wave 3 is aimed at children who are unable to access a scripted group intervention, but who do not have the depth of need that would require the support of a Reading Recovery programme. It is based on the pedagogy and practice of Reading Recovery.

Click here to find out more: Fisher Family Trust Wave 3

Fisher Family TrustWrite Away TogetherA  Write Away Together session involves a dialogue between a child and a trained partner about a piece of independent writing.   The aim of the dialogue is to help the child understand how they can improve their work at text, sentence and word level and to embed strategies that will improve children’s independent writing.  The programme has also been adapted to support the development of writing skills with the whole class or a group.

Click here to find out more: FFT Write Away

Fisher Family Trust Reciprocal Reading: is an effective and proven approach to developing reading and comprehension.  As an intervention programme it is particularly effective with children who can decode but do not fully understand what they read. However the reciprocal reading approach and strategies are also very helpful for shared reading and, particularly, guided reading.

Click here to find out more: FFT Reciprocal Reading

Read Write Inc Fresh Start:  is a phonics intervention that gets struggling readers and writers in key stage 2 at the expected level for secondary school. The programme can also be used to rescue struggling readers and writers in key stage 3

Click here to find out more:  Read Write


Every Child Counts – Every Child Counts helps schools to raise achievement through: a range of interventions to support children who struggle with literacy or mathematics developing teaching standards to sustain high achievement for all children

Click here to find out more: Every Child Counts


1stClass@NumberTM is an innovative, highly effective mathematics intervention.  It is delivered by trained teaching assistants to small groups of children who have fallen behind at mathematics.  It helps them to get back on track and catch up with their

Numbers CountTM is a highly effective intervention.  It is delivered by a specially trained teacher to children who find mathematics extremely difficult

Success@Arithmetic is a light touch calculation-based intervention for learners in upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 who have difficulties with arithmetic proficiency. It helps them to make faster progress and to catch up with their peers.

Talk 4 Number is a structured light touch intervention delivered by a teaching assistant to a small group of up to 4 pupils who need support to improve their understanding and use of the language of number.


Better Reading Support Partners is a ˜light touch” reading intervention for pupils in Years 1 to 10 who have fallen behind at reading. A specially trained Better Reading Support Partner delivers a short one-to-one support programme to help them to develop independent reading and comprehension skills

Project X CODE embeds systematic synthetic phonics into a reading intervention programme that is targeted at struggling readers in Years 2 to 4

Phonics Counts is for children in Years 1 to 3 who have the greatest difficulties with reading and have fallen seriously behind their peers.  It particularly helps those who have an insufficient grasp of phonics as the prime approach to decoding and encoding, including children who have had considerable problems with the Year 1 phonics screening check.

1stClass@Writing is a new, highly effective intervention for pupils mainly in Years 3 to 5 who have fallen behind at writing.  A trained teaching assistant or teacher delivers it to a small group of up to 4 pupils who have difficulties with transcription and composition, to help them to make faster progress so that they can catch up with their peers.

Move4Words:  is an inclusive, whole-class sensory training programme for use in schools, taking 10 – 15 minutes per day, for 12 weeks.

It helps youngsters improve their reading through a series of classroom movement exercises which focus their attention on body and eye movement. The programme also includes rhythm, timing, listening exercises, mindfulness, breathing training and relaxation.

Click here to find out more: Move4Words


Talk of the Town (TOTT): offers a systematic approach to supporting speech, language and communication following key principles of practice and a systematic process of delivery.

It aims to facilitate early identification, encourage joined up working and improve outcomes for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). It addresses the worryingly high level of language delay that exists, especially in areas of social deprivation.

Click here to find out more: Talk of The Town


Language LinkInfant Language Link and Junior Language Link include a language screening assessment and a whole range of supporting resources and advice are provided to address both classroom practice and small group work. The assessments are recommended for use as a universal screen on school entry and the start of Key Stage 2.

Click here to find out more: Language Link


Talk Boost is a structured and robustly evidenced programme that can boost a child’s communication by an average of 18 months after ten weeks of intervention

Click here to find out more: Talk Boost


Wordshark and NumberShark is a computer program using games to help reading and spelling – Numbershark is a program to help anyone improve their numeracy. It addresses many of the difficulties which lead students to dislike maths.

Click here to find out more: Wordshark/Numbershark


Acceleread/Accelewrite provides full instructions on how to use a computer with text to speech software, to improve reading, writing, spelling and listening skills of pupils who are experiencing literacy difficulties. This is achieved through structured phonics exercises over a recommended period of time.

Click here to find out more: Acceleread/Accelewrite


Toe by Toe is a highly systematic page-by-page and step-by-step series of activities in one book, delivered one-to-one, with instructions for the ‘coach’ provided for each activity. It deliberately takes learners right back to the beginning of phonics and works up from there, based on the observation that many learners with difficulties seem never to have got the hang of phonics.

Click here to find out more: Toe by Toe


Lexia Reading™ enables students of all ages and abilities to master essential reading skills. Lexia can be used as a component of any literacy curriculum, and the needs of both primary and secondary schools can be met, at very little cost when compared to traditional approaches, which are often difficult to manage.

Click here to find out more: Lexia


You may also find the following helpful:

The Communications Trust – What Works database of evidenced interventions to support children’s speech, language and communication.

The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust – What works for children and young people with literacy difficulties – the effectiveness of intervention schemes

The EEF/Sutton Trust Teaching and Learning Toolkit