Response to Intervention 2018
We are very proud at Footscray North Primary School to have a high-quality instruction and learning opportunities for all students. In 2017, the school was identified as a high performing school and was invited to present at the state wide Principal Forum and the South Western Principal Forum. The Department conducted a case study on our work, and in partnership with Melbourne University and the Department, we had several teachers being filmed around their instruction in writing to share with their colleagues across the state.
With this in mind, there is always room for improvement and innovation to attend to the learning growth and levels of performance of all students.
After 18-month preparation, we are launching “Response to Intervention” for 2018 school year. The program has been heavily resourced, with both our Teaching and Learning coaches having a teaching role within this program.
The program, is an early intervention approach, that will identify students who have not mastered their Essential Learnings for a particular unit of work, and will work in smaller groups with increasing intensity and targetedness of instruction and intervention based on identified student’s needs.
Class teachers, working in collaboratively with the teaching and learning coaches identify students who will participate in RTI. These students will be given more time and differentiated support in smaller groups. Students will have 1-hour sessions 3 times a week over a three or 4-week period.
Students participating in RTI, will not be removed from core instruction in class. Students will be participate in other times of the day, so no core instruction (Literacy, numeracy, and writing) is interrupted. It does not replace the general education or core instruction.
FNPS is an evidence-based school, and uses research to strive for continuous improvement. Research from Professor John Hattie, published in his book Visible Learning for Teachers, (Hattie 2016) influences related to student achievement, notes that RTI has the 3rd highest effect on student learning.