Explain how different types of interventions can promote positive outcomes for children and young people where development is not following the expected pattern.
“Early intervention means intervening as soon as possible to tackle problems that have already emerged for children and young people...it means that it targets specific children who have an identified need for additional support once their problems have already begun to develop but before they become serious.” (Department for Education, Early Intervention Paper, 2010.) There are numerous intervention services that are provided through schools namely, SENCo, Speech and Language Therapy, Social Workers and Educational Psychologists etc. At the beginning of the process the teacher will be aware which children may potentially be in need of some additional support. The teacher will monitor the situation by observing, ensuring that the teaching is appropriate, plus being aware of the developmental stages that the children should be at or working towards. Children are assessed using the National Curriculum Levels so that their level can be compared to the average National Curriculum levels for that age group. Children can be grouped according to ability and can work in smaller groups within the classroom. A variety of intervention strategies can be implemented for those who need it i.e. additional support in the classroom, reading to staff more regularly, additional focus on their writing in small groups, targets can be given (as an ability group or as an individual).This aids the learner in being clear on what they have already achieved and where their learning is headed. This is a positive position as it gives the learner ownership of their specific requirements and a knowledge that they are being supported throughout their educational journey. At the school where I am completing my placement, if after these interventions there is still a need for further help, a ‘cause for concern’ sheet is completed....
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