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English Intervention: The Year 9 Masterclass

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At the start of the year, I found myself in the unenviable position of overseeing progress in English for our KS3 students. As well as careful tracking of each student, I also meet fortnightly with other members of the unfortunately named ‘R.A.T’ (Raising Attainment Team), to discuss the progress of our students at KS3. There’s only 4 of us in this meeting. We’re a small team and, thankfully, tend to avoid too much scrutiny from the powers that be – our bigger, uglier brothers in the KS4 team manage to soak up the attention. But, we meet nonetheless, discussing how to secure the best progress for our budding scholars, before the pressure cooker KS4.

One of the key focuses for us is how we will ‘intervene’ to help ensure as many students as possible fulfill their potential. I was immediately quite nervous at the thought of intervention, not least because…

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