Redefining revision as continual practice

Step 7

Identify priorities for intervention

Identifying which students are not making sufficient progress requires data. This is gathered through continual use of Quiz for homework or do now activities, Terms for end of topic reviews and Tasks for end of topic tests / practicing questions. At this point of the journey, students will be using Smart Revise regularly, generating a rich set of reports that can be used to inform interventions.

easy to read reports

identify students underperforming

identify weaker topics

individual student progress reports

downloadable data

easy to read


identify students


identify weaker



progress reports



Teachers don't need to spend time analysing data. Easy to read reports in Smart Revise make it quick and easy to know what, and who to intervene with.

Teacher looking at data.

How to identify

1. Engagement

Use the Quiz Usage report to see which students are not engaging with Quiz for homework or in lessons.

Remember to use the filter to set specific date ranges, for example to monitor by month or term.

2. Knowledge

Use the Quiz Class matrix report to identify weaker topics (columns) and weaker students for intervention (rows).

Focus columns and rows that have the most red, followed by orange and then yellow.

How to intervene

1. Recap

Once students and topics have been identified, use whole class, small group, or individual sessions to go back over areas that are not well understood with students.

2. Focus

To show improvements in the data, students will need to engage with Quiz and Terms, but only for their weaker topics. Set the topic filters to "Teacher guided" during an intervention window to allow students to select individual topics within those taught so far.

3. Improve

With teacher guided topic filtering, students can use their revision report to select individual pie charts to focus on.

Students should aim to master Quiz and Terms for each topic. A topic is mastered when the pie chart is green.

Why use Smart Revise

Reports show knowledge gaps in the curriculum to be plugged.

Individual students requiring intervention for engagement or understanding can be identified.

Subject leaders can join their colleagues' classes to see the progress reports, encouraging consistency of approach and easy access to data. There is no need to wait for a data reporting window before beginning interventions.

Data can be downloaded for further analysis using a spreadsheet.

The research says that:

  • Intervention seeks to prevent academic failure through frequent progress measurement.
  • Response to intervention has a +1.29 effect size.

Hattie, J. (2008) Visible Learning: A Synthesis of over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement. New York. Routledge.

Top tips

Top tips

Use "Teacher guided" topic filters to have termly intervention windows to plug gaps and allow students to improve their data reports more quickly.

Remember to change the topic filters back to "Teacher controlled" and select all the topics that have been taught so far after the intervention window.