Peer tutoring

Peer tutoring includes a range of approaches in which learners work in pairs or small groups to provide each other with explicit teaching support, such as:

  • Cross-age tutoring, in which an older learner takes the tutoring role and is paired with a younger tutee or tutees;
  • Peer assisted learning, which is a structured approach for mathematics and reading with sessions of 25 –35 minutes two or three times a week; and
  • Reciprocal peer tutoring, in which learners alternate between the role of tutor and tutee.

Benefits to this include:

  • Targeted reading aloud and book discussion with young children;
  • Explicitly extending pupils’ spoken vocabulary;
  • The use of structured questioning to develop reading comprehension; and
  • The use of purposeful, curriculum-focused, dialogue and interaction.
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