Additional Maths Intervention

Aylward Academy acknowledges that some students need additional support with their overall literacy skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening), alongside the four basic skills in maths (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). At Aylward we run provisions, such as SEN/EAL maths, on a daily basis to help students fill gaps of fundamental knowledge. The lessons are tailored to meet the needs of students to ensure they reach their full potential, providing a solid foundation for mainstream classwork..

Catch Up Numeracy

CatchUp Numeracy is an intervention aimed at students who are working at level 3c or lower in maths. It aims to identify areas of numeracy where students are struggling, and work on increasing their basic knowledge and confidence in those areas through a programme of targeted activities, with their progress measured against CatchUp levels from 1-12. Sessions are 15 minutes long, and delivered one-to-one.

Additional Literacy Intervention

RML is a literacy intervention programme, using phonics. It is a programme designed to enable students to develop strategies for reading, writing and spelling.  Students are selected on the basis of their reading ages.  Those who are significantly behind their chronological reading ages attend a daily session.  When a student reaches a functional level of literacy they are reintegrated into mainstream lessons.

Catch Up Literacy

CatchUp Literacy is an intervention aimed at students with a low chronological reading age.

It is delivered twice weekly, one-to-one, with a tutor talking a student through a chosen book, before listening to them read, using specific strategies to improve students’ confidence and ability. The session finishes with students working on an area in which they struggled, to reinforce their learning. Progress is measured against 12 CatchUp levels.


Project is an intervention for students in year 8 who have low level English targets  (3c-3a) and a reading age of below 8 years. It is an interactive class where students work together, covering basic punctuation & grammar, comprehension, story writing  and reading skills.

The course is based on two fiction texts (Goodnight Mr Tom; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and a poem (The Highwayman). The students carry out research related to the texts and produce their own projects.  They also write a poem using the techniques they have learnt about. Finally they choose their own topic to research and present to the class.

Help with Speech and Language for Students

1. Test of Abstract Language & Communication (TALC)

This test is used when a speech and language difficulty is initially identified in a student.  It is designed to assess the level of abstract language that a child can understand.  It analyses the student’s grasp of abstract language and reasoning using picture resources and verbal responses.  This allows the test to be used regardless of a child’s literacy level.

Subsequent analysis of the student’s answers show us which of four levels the child has reached in their speech and language development from basic yes/no responses to questions about the immediate environment to complex problem solving and thinking about the past and future.

After testing there are two speech and language courses available for students; Talkabout for Teenagers and Language for Thinking.

2. Talkabout for Teenagers

Talk about is aimed at students who have emotional, behavioural difficulties or who have problems making friends with their peer group.  It allows the student to develop their social skills and confidence and can therefore help them build positive relationships with others and participate fully in their lessons.  The students work in small groups, allowing them to explore difficult situations in which they might find themselves within areas such as friendship and behavior; enabling them to work out strategies for dealing with problems before they occur.  As students have to have a high level of self-awareness to benefit from this course, they have to have passed levels 1, 2 and 3 of the Talc test.

3. Language for Thinking

This is for students who have not passed all 4 TALC levels.  It allows them to develop their ability to use abstract thought and reasoning.  It is a one-to-one intervention which uses pictures, story and questions.  The questions fall into three levels.         

                        Level A – concrete language e.g. Who went swimming?

Level B - student must make some inferences e.g. What will happen next?

Level C – most abstract e.g. How do you know (how old Caroline is)?

All students will start with level A questions and progress on.  Students are tested regularly and when they can answer at level C regularly they finish the programme.