How well do we make sure that pupils catch up when they fall behind?

6. How well do we make sure that pupils catch up when they fall behind?


  • Children falling behind are identified quickly by the use of our regular formal assessments, as well as our everyday formative assessment during phonics and reading sessions. These children receive reading intervention by teaching assistants and teachers who have received up to date training on the teaching of reading.
  • Our struggling readers in each cohort read frequently to a range of adults, including the class teacher, teaching assistants, parent volunteers and the curriculum lead for English.
  • Children who have not acquired the necessary phonic skills to decode words attend our 'Early Bird' intervention club four days a week. The progress of these children is monitored closely through the use of regular assessments.
  • NFER tests are used regularly with children in Year 1 to Year 6. These results are shared with the curriculum lead to identify areas of strength and weaknesses in each cohort. This year, we have also started using the Suffolk Reading Scale to determine a 'reading age' for our pupils to enable us to track progress even further.