Direct Instruction and Precision Teaching
What is Direct Instruction and Precision Teaching?
In every school, there are children and young people who appear to be experiencing difficulties learning and retaining key skills in literacy and numeracy despite intervention. Direct Instruction and Precision Teaching are practical, evidence-based teaching and monitoring approaches designed to accelerate learning and support the progress of pupils who are struggling to gain prerequisite skills in reading, spelling and numeracy.
Direct Instruction is a highly prescribed and evidence-based approach to teaching underpinned by instructional psychology. By ensuring that the pupil is an active learner, Direct Instruction enhances motivation and self-esteem whilst maximising learning gains.
Precision Teaching is a highly effective and evidence-based method of planning, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of a teaching programme aimed at the needs of an individual pupil. A Precision Teaching approach supports school staff in making ongoing adaptations to an intervention programme; ‘fine tuning’ teaching and learning in order to maximise pupil progress.
What does the Direct Instruction and Precision Teaching programme involve?
At Psychology 360, Direct Instruction and Precision Teaching is a half day training package delivered by educational psychologists.
To maximise the impact of the approaches within a school setting, delivery is primarily aimed at a whole school level or a core group of staff.
By the end of the training, school staff will:
- Know what Precision Teaching and Direct Instruction approaches are, and how they can be used
- Understand the benefits of Precision Teaching and Direct Instruction
- Feel confident in using Precision Teaching and Direct Instruction approaches