Effective Intervention

Our intervention is designed to meet the needs of all students through embedded assessment practices that enable students to engage with their learning and know their next steps.


For those students who are experiencing difficulties or have high level skills in particular areas, our screening procedures ensure that support is provided at an early stage. We operate three waves of intervention as follows:


  • Wave 1: Whole class teaching & learning goals and strategies.
  • Wave 2: Individual learning plans developed with parents (One Plans) – in class support or small group intervention such as MSL. Some students may also work with older peer tutors.
  • Wave 3: Advice is sought from external agencies or regional services to develop a One Plan with parents and the student receives 1:1 support as required.


Multisensory Structured Language MSL


At Heathfield Primary school, we believe in ‘literacy for life’ for all students. Our MSL approach, is underpinned by comprehensive assessment, identification and extensive training. MSL provides high quality, evidence-based literacy intervention, for individuals and small groups. We work to the ‘science of teaching reading’ at our school and feel confident in supporting students, who require further intervention.


Key concepts are:


Lessons involve all the major pathways to the brain.


Concepts are taught in a logical, well-planned sequence.


Each lesson builds upon the previous lesson.


Consistent review of previously taught concepts.


Unique needs of each student are met.


Alphabetic principle.
Letter to sound correspondences.


Students are taught the, what and how to do it, in a clear and concise way, that supports cognitive load, processing and working memory.


The MSL approach benefits students of all ages and abilities so that learning becomes a rewarding experience.


Our team of SSOs and Learning Assistance volunteers work closely with class teachers to help students meet their learning goals.