The TaRL Approach

Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) is a holistic approach to improving foundational skills, and each component is essential to its success.

This page explains the components of the TaRL approach, which shifts the focus of education systems from schooling for all to learning for all. Each component works together to ensure that children’s learning is at the centre of every decision and action in the educational ecosystem. TaRL is more than a teacher training programme. It works best when education actors throughout the system are aligned in promoting the goals of ensuring all children master foundational skills. Programme teams work closely with each other to ensure that TaRL is designed as a cohesive, well-monitored programme.

The different components of the TaRL approach are:

Implementation Teams

Programme Teams support the design and implementation of TaRL. Mentors support instructors to implement TaRL. Instructors assess children and use TaRL methods and tools to teach reading and mathematics.


Assessment is at the core of the TaRL approach. By testing children one-on-one, instructors understand the specific learning needs of each child.

Classroom Methodology

TaRL is flexible to children’s learning needs, allowing them to grasp foundational skills before moving on to more complex concepts. In most education systems, children are grouped according to age when they begin school and are expected to progress at a similar pace through a set curriculum.

Measurement and Monitoring

While assessment focuses on the child, monitoring covers both the learner (through the review of assessment data) and the instructor (through ongoing support and training). Implementers build continual tracking and feedback into TaRL program design.

TaRL Resources

Our hope is that we can work together as a community committed to ensuring that all children acquire foundational skills, to share best practices and collaborate to improve TaRL programming and impact across Africa.

Translate »
Scroll to Top