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Wave 3 is a feature of the Primary National Strategy “Waves” model. It is focused on enabling children with difficulties in literacy and/or mathematics to reach at least national curriculum level 1 at the end of KS1 and level 3 at the end of KS2 in English and Maths.
A consistent message of effective practice is that high quality Wave 1 and Wave 2 provision is instrumental to effecting high achievement for all children, and can be preventative of the need for Wave 3 provision.
When is the use of Wave 3 intervention appropriate?
Wave 3 is focused on achievement for low attainers and reducing the
Schools will be able to compare the achievement and standards data of their own school with a range of comparative national and local data.
National and Hertfordshire data: Comparison 2002-2005 below Level 3
The following benchmarking achievement data is recommended by Ofsted:
“Supporting criteria for achievement:
Reviewing the progress of individual children is an essential component of a school`s action to raise the achievement of low attainers. The following list of contextual information will support an evaluation of progress, identification of barriers to achievement and the provision made by a school to overcome these.
The following guidance doc supports a review of individual children`s progress against a range of measures – national curriculum levels, book bands, reading ages.
Targeting support: choosing and implementing interventions for children with significant literacy difficulties. Download from:
The following can be ordered through DfES publications (tel: 0845 60 222 60)
See also Hertfordshire guidance documents (on Inclusion/SEN site)
The attached proforma will support self-evaluation of the school`s work on Wave 3, achievement for low attainers in literacy. The information gathered can be used to support the school`s SEF, subject leader/SENCo self-evaluation, provision mapping and action planning. This can be used on an annual basis to review progress. An exemplar action planning proforma is also attached.
Criterial for Schools, SENCos and Teachers in Relation to Raising Attainment in Literacy for Children with Special Educational Needs.
Gathering information from teachers, teaching assistants, pupils and parents will support school self-evaluation and action planning.
Integral to a school`s work on maximising achievement for under-performing pupils in literacy and mathematics is the strategic management of Wave 2 and Wave 3 provision. Provision mapping is a way of ensuring that provision is deployed transparently and consistently across the school and provides a clear picture of the school`s approach to tackling under-performance and best-value use of resources.
The following document provides an example of how a school might draw up a provision map showing the Wave 2 and Wave 3 provision made for individual children across each year group. This can be adapted according to provision made and individual children`s names added.
A case study of an individual child and her experience of literacy
intervention through the school is available on the Primary Strategy
website – publication “Leading on Inclusion”.