Students can experience many challenges throughout their school life, but an early intervention could help them. Finding the right solution for them is imperative so they can work in an environment that is most suited to their needs.
The 2022 SEND Review, Right Support, Right Place, Right Time highlighted how there has been:
“A vicious cycle of late intervention, low confidence and inefficient resource allocation”
If early intervention is in place for students on their specific needs, not where they live or are educated, it can allow them to focus on their education. Measures, pathways and better experiences can be offered if the right solution is researched thoroughly.
Mental Health Support
Mental health challenges in young students have increased in recent years. Early intervention can help alleviate some pressures they may be having. Ensuring that students are attending some form of education is crucial to continue their development academically and mentally. The Department for Education states:
“School staff are not expected to diagnose mental health conditions or perform mental health interventions, but they are expected to work to ensure regular attendance for every child, as per the Working together to improve school attendance.”
Ultimately, schools and teachers are not mental health experts, however, they still have a duty of care to safeguard students in terms of their education and wellbeing.
Honing in on the root cause of a student’s mental health challenge is vital so their needs can be identified. Early interventions can help put a support package in place to help support students with their education.
Early Intervention can Improve Results
Students who underperform, or experience lapses in judgment, may just not have the correct learning methodology provided for them to reach their optimum educational level.
Integrating an early intervention for students can help them attain new levels they may thought initially inconceivable. Perhaps an online alternative provision could suit certain students’ needs, such as those who are school-phobic or are at risk of exclusion?
Implementing personalised learning pathways for students can allow them to focus on their education progressively to reach new targets. Some students may feel isolated when mixed in a classroom and feel unable to raise their hand for assistance for fear of mocking or feeling of low value. However, if personalised learning pathways can be provided for them, whether it be in class or remotely, it can allow them to learn at a pace they are most comfortable with.
Additionally, continuously assessing students and then evaluating their areas for improvement by tracking can help see their progression. Early intervention for students can help them improve their mental health and reach their full educational potential.
Implementing an early intervention in a student’s school life can mean they won’t feel behind their peers when it comes to the final crucial GCSE year. This can mean they can achieve better results at the end of secondary school resulting in more avenues to explore once they finish school.
EDClass’ online alternative provision supports early intervention
EDClass, an online alternative provision, can play a key part in providing early intervention for students. There are several benefits that students can acquire when using the platform.
Students can learn remotely and have one-to-one support from UK-qualified teachers and have their needs identified before using the platform so a bespoke learning pathway can be provided.
The platform also includes specific behaviour-repair lessons and can help students develop their understanding of their areas for improvement.
Take a look at Qaim’s story, a student who joined EDClass in year 10, and then acquired the GCSEs he needed to attend his chosen college thanks to the help of the platform and EDClass’ teaching team.