KS2 Math Intervention FAQs
What are some examples of maths interventions?
Maths interventions are, at their core, actions taken to fill a learning gap or misconception. How this is achieved may vary greatly. Interventions may be successfully achieved in the classroom, through re-teaching or extra support from teaching assistants. If pupils need more support, schools may look to form small group or one-to-one numeracy interventions where pupils work with a member of staff outside their main classroom. Intervention activities will aim to address any learning gaps or misconceptions with the aim for the pupil to eventually catch up with their peers.
How do you run a maths intervention?
There are many steps you need to take to run a successful maths intervention - and many of them need to be considered before a pupil even steps into the classroom. Here’s a quick summary, but you can read more on our maths intervention blog. 1. Identify the pupils who need support and in what area. If you are running a group intervention, you will additionally need to group pupils by their learning needs. You may have some pupils who need support on number bonds and multiplication and division, while others need support understanding fractions. 2. Understand the goals of your intervention 3. Assess your budget or resources for a numeracy intervention 4. Research the maths interventions available and which will work in your school 5. Plan how you’re going to measure and report on the effectiveness of the intervention 6. Follow best practice to maximise impact of interventions - don’t overuse worksheets, refer to the EEF toolkit and remember to consider not only individual lesson plans for sessions, but about the sequencing of lessons. 7. Be aware of the common challenges around maths interventions 8. Provide or undertake suitable CPD to ensure any staff running the intervention are prepared.
How long should an intervention last?
The duration of each session depends greatly on the age group of the students. For younger KS1-KS2 pupils, they may only be able to focus for around 30-45 minutes, whereas a GCSE student may be able to focus upwards from an hour. Third Space Learning sessions run for one hour, including time for pupils to complete their post-session questions.