Precision Teaching

What is it?

  • Framework for teaching – it is not a teaching method or magic wand!
  • 10 minutes individual work per day with a child
  • Usually carried out by Teaching Assistants
  • Very good for boosting basic skills: literacy or numeracy
  • May improve self-esteem and attitude to work


  • To accelerate learning
  • To specify targets in observable and measurable terms
  • To focus on success or failure of the teaching
  • To make teaching precise and efficient

 What does it involve?

  • Initial (baseline) assessment of where child is in relation to the skills to be taught
  • 10 minute daily sessions 
  • Daily assessment and charting of progress 
  • Ongoing evaluation of rate of progress

What does a session look like?

  • 3-5 minutes -  direct instruction (see below)
  • 2-4 minutes – activities may include copy out/trace over words/letters, looking for words/sounds in books; games or flashcards
  • 2-4 minutes - testing and recording (probes and recording sheet)

How to help at home?

  • You will be informed of your child's targets and so it will be helpful to practice these daily at home