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Fisher Family Trust Wave 3 

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Date and Time - 20 & 21 September 2021 - 9.15am - 4.00pm


Target Audience - Pupil Support Teachers, Pupil Support Assistants, Class Teachers, DHTs- any members of staff who would like to support FFT Wave 3

Presenters -  Kim Fraser, Audrey McNee, Laura Lamond, Carol Graham - P & K Educational Psychology and Pupil Support Staff


Aims and Outcomes - Provide information about the research evidence supporting FFT Wave 3.  Help in the identification of appropriate target children.   Equip participants with the knowledge and skills to plan and deliver FFT Wave 3 programme.  Identify children who would benefit from receiving the FFT Wave 3 programme.  Carry out pre and post assessment with target children.  Feel equipped to deliver the FFT wave 3 programme.



Precision Teaching

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 Session 1 – catch up : Tuesday 21st September from 1.30 to 3.30pm 

 Session 2 – all staff : Thursday 23rd September 9.30 – 11.30  


Precision Teaching in Literacy and Numeracy


What is Precision Teaching?  

Precision teaching is an approach used to monitor the acquisition of basic educational skills.  Through regular monitoring of children's accuracy and fluency, precision teaching enables staff to adjust their teaching and intervention to ensure optimum learning for the child.  Precision teaching is therefore a formative approach to assessment.  This means that precision teaching looks at the process by which a child learns and is therefore an assessment for learning rather than an assessment of learning.


The precision teaching approach is based on the idea of "mastery" learning, which proposes that individuals need to learn new skills to very high levels of accuracy and fluency in order to achieve mastery, which enables them to maintain these over times and generalise to other contexts (Haring & Eaton, 1978).


Aim of intervention:   

Explore the impact of Precision Teaching Methodology on attainment in Perth and Kinross Primary Schools


Outcomes for Children: Participating pupils demonstrate an increased self-belief and attainment in the target area of literacy or numeracy.

Outcomes for staff: Implementers be more confident in supporting children to develop their literacy and/or numeracy skills as a result of the Precision Teaching methodology.

Target group:                  

Primary school pupils in Primary 3 and above, or secondary school pupils, with the following difficulties in literacy or numeracy:

  • Low self efficacy
  • Low fluency
  • Poor retention
  • Poor generalisation
  • Don’t have the basics/have gaps in learning 


Hi 5 Small Group Literacy Intervention

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Date and Time -  Day 1 - 13 September 2021 - 9.15am - 4.00pm

                            Day 2 - 14 September 2021 - 9.15am - 12.15pm


Please not that Day 2 has been opened up to those who are interested in spelling development and retention.  If you wish to attend Day 2 only please email the ECS Learning Hub and we will add you onto this session.


Target Audience - PSA (if accompanied by a teacher) This intervention is teacher lead however PSAs can work alongside the teacher- PSTs, Class Teachers

Presenters -  Kim Fraser, Morag Irvine, Laura Lamond, Carol Graham - P & K Educational Psychology and Pupil Support Staff


Aims and Outcomes - Hi 5 is an evidenced based intervention which aims to develop more independent literacy skills, promote enjoyment and confidence and increase reading comprehension.  This approach can be used from primary 5 to S2. It consists of either 4 weekly sessions of 25 minutes in a small group, two with a main focus on reading and two with a main focus of writing. Schools in Scotland have also successfully used this approach running two 50 minute sessions per week. Hi 5 groups should be led by a teacher however can be supported by PSAs working alongside the teacher.  This course aims to equip participants with the knowledge they need to run Hi 5 literacy groups in their school.

Participants will feel equipped to run Hi 5 literacy groups in their school.  Participants will have additional understanding of processes to enhance spelling. 



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Date and Time - 23 August 2021 - 4.00pm - 5.15pm 


Target Audience - P1 Class Teacher (who have not attended previous POLAAR Training) and other practitioners working with P1 Learners


Presenters - Lesley Lennon and Pauline Linn - Education Support Officers, Perth and Kinross Council 


Aims - Explore the background, purpose and key features of POLAAR.  Consider the use of POLAAR in the current national and PKC context.  Engage in professional dialogue.  Share practice and relevant documents/resources to support literacy at classroom and individual child levels. 

Outcomes - Greater awareness of the POLAAR staged intervention model to identify the most effective interventions at universal and targeted levels.  Increased confidence when identifying and assessing children who are most at risk of developing later difficulties with reading and writing. 



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