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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).

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Date and Time:  tbc

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

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

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Attendance is free however if schools do not have a Hi 5 folder they will need to purchase one.  £130 plus VAT  per school for the Hi5 folder


Date and Time: 7 February 2022 - 9.15am - 4.15pm (This session is now closed for bookings)


Presenter: Kim Fraser, Morag Irvine and Laura Lamond - Perth and Kinross Council 


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 or two 50 minutes sessions). Schools in Scotland have  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.

Fisher Family Trust Wave 3 

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

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No attendance charge for schools however schools who don’t have a FFT Wave 3 folder must purchase one.  £75 plus postage & VAT  schools who don’t already have a FFT Wave 3 folder .


Date and Time: 31 January and 1 February 2022 - 9.15am - 4.00pm 


Presenter: Kim Fraser, Audrey McNee and Laura Lamond - Perth and Kinross Council 


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.

CHAT FOR SCHOOLS: Colourful Semantics

Target Audience - All School and Nursery Staff 

Colourful Semantics provides an engaging, dynamic and visual approach to support Children’s language development by coding sentences using colour, symbols and signs.  Discuss the principles of sentence building related to grammar and meaning.  Explain the use of colours, symbols and signs to develop sentences.  Give examples and ideas for resources.

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Date and Time: 8 June 2022 - 3.30pm - 4.30pm


Presenters: NHS Speech and Language Therapists 


Outcomes: Expected Impact on adults:  Greater understanding of how to teach grammar and sentence building, both orally and in literacy. Confidence in using this strategy in targeted and whole class settings and for differentiated literacy work involving sentence and story building.  An awareness of resources available to help put this into practice. The course includes a pdf resource for every participant.

An Introduction to Word Aware

Target Audience: All Primary School and Nursery Staff  

This course gives a brief overview of the Word Aware programme and aims to encourage settings to take up the training as a whole school approach.  Full Word Aware training can be requested for your whole setting / LMG.

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Date and Time:  22 June 2022 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm


Presenters: NHS Speech and Language Therapists 


Supporting Children with Language Difficulties: A Teachers Guide

Target Audience: All Primary School and Nursery Staff.  It would be useful, but not essential,  for participants to have attended the CHAT for Schools Foundation & Communication Friendly Environments course.


Children with language difficulties are very common in classrooms and implications for learning and life outcomes are discussed. This session outlines what to look for as well as describing practical strategies for the classroom and signposting to other sources of support.

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Date and Time:  11 May 2022 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm


Presenters: NHS Speech and Language Therapists 



Target Audience: P1 class teachers (who have not attended previous POLAAR training) and other practitioners working with P1 learners.

The Primary One Literacy Assessment and Action Resource (POLAAR) is designed to support improvement by helping P1 teachers identify and assess children who are most at risk of developing later difficulties with reading and writing.

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 Date and Time: 21 June 2022 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm 

                        24 August 2022 - 3.30pm - 5.00pm 


Presenter: Lesley Lennon and Pauline Linn - Education Support officers - Perth and Kinross Council


Aims and Outcomes: Explore the background, purpose and key features of the Primary One Literacy Assessment and Action Resource. Share practice and relevant documents/resources to support literacy at classroom and individual child levels.  


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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