Bishop Challoner

Catholic Secondary School

Academic Intervention

Intervention and Interaction

At Challoner every intervention and interaction is based on ‘The Challoner Way’ and ‘Walk with me’. This means that we aim to do ‘ordinary things extraordinarily well’, see each individual as ‘made in the image and likeness of God’, and walk alongside every student in their academic, social, moral, spiritual and cultural lives.

What is academic intervention?

Every interaction between a student and a teacher or between students which is designed to develop understanding or aid academic progress is an intervention. This occurs daily in and outside of the classroom. We also have a timetable of strategically important interventions for each year group and other targeted groups.

All Year Groups

Curriculum Information Evenings for Parents

These talks, led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), are held in the first two weeks of the new academic year. They aim to give an overview of priorities and events for each year group. Year heads, the SENCo and other key members of staff are present to answer any questions parents may wish to ask.

Extended registration  

From 3:00-3:35pm all tutor groups have half an hour to engage with a number of activities. Each year group has a rota which includes: silent reading, homework preparation, mentoring, departmental revision sessions and so on. Students should come prepared with books and materials so that this time can be used productively.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Private Study (PS)

Each student in KS4 has one PS lesson per week. As with Extended Registration above, students must come prepared. Staff will keep a record of work completed and monitor progress with, among other things, Controlled Assessments and revision. This extra layer of intervention and interaction alongside the tutors is invaluable and can include individual and small group intervention as the need arises.

Catch-up fortnights

At the end of each term, a fortnight is set aside for catch-up sessions after school. These are usually for between one and two hours. Conscientious students will attend voluntarily so as to be ready for the challenge of the next term. A small number of students may be required to attend.

Saturday revision (and detention)

In the run up to GCSE examinations, school will be open in the morning for students to revise quietly in the library or to attend revision lessons with members of staff. It is an excellent opportunity for sustained effort in practical subjects and projects. Major chunks of revision can be tackled in these sessions. Over the past couple of years there have been Saturdays when most of Year 11 have been in with their teachers!

The Learning Support department are regularly in attendance at these sessions, in order that all students maximise the learning opportunities offered, using the time efficiently to practise any Access Arrangements and establish effective working partnerships.

Spring half term and Easter library opening

The library is an invaluable resource for revision. Access to books and IT facilities mean that work can be tackled in a comfortable, quiet and well-resourced area. Students may find it easier to study here than at home. There will be a list of opening times publicised well before each of the holidays.

Year 11

Lunchtime and after school revision sessions

A comprehensive revision programme using PM registration, PS lessons, lunchtimes and after school will be in place in the second half of the spring term. Look carefully at the timetable as it will be on a two-week cycle.

The Learning Support department are regularly in attendance at these sessions, in order that all students maximise the learning opportunities offered, using the time efficiently to practise any Access Arrangements and establish effective working partnerships.

General Revision Booklet & Planner

This year we will publish the General Revision Booklet and Planner on the website and for those who want, a paper copy. This will include numerous tips on revision and exam preparation as well as a useful calendar.

Departmental intervention guides

Each department gives details of web sites, textbooks, strategies and tips that are particular to their subject. Look out for updates as the exams draw nearer.


A number of students are selected each year for individual or group mentoring. A senior member of staff will mentor students at appropriate and regular intervals in order to ensure they are as fully prepared for the examination season as possible.

Key Stage 3 (Years 8 and 9)

Across Key Stage 3, there is a constant, varied programme of interventions undertaken, in the main, during the daily extended registration time. Thus minimising any impact on the daily curriculum.

 This programme targets a variety of students’ specific needs, primarily focusing on the improvement of basic key skills – communication, numeracy and IT. The aim of such interventions, as always, is  to enhance the access to the curriculum, build confidence and self esteem and promote independent learning  for these students .

Below is a list showing some of the range of provision:

  • Year 7 catch up – Securing Level 4 Communication and Numeracy
  • Pupil Premium – small group and 1:1 tuition
  • Paired Reading
  • Guided Reading
  • Phonics and Punctuation Workshops
  • Basic Numeracy operation workshops
  • Word processing: Towards improved learning ( Access Arrangement Support)
  • Guide to good house-keeping  ( Managing Files and Lesson notes )
  • ELSA – Emotional literacy Support