Catch Up® is a not-for-profit charity working to address literacy and numeracy difficulties that contribute to underachievement. We offer two structured one-to-one interventions, Catch Up® Literacy and Catch Up® Numeracy, proven to significantly improve the achievement of learners who find literacy or numeracy difficult.
I try not to, but I find it hard not to eavesdrop on other people’s conversations, like the one recently between a group of teenagers complaining bitterly of teachers criticising errors in their grammar, punctuation and spelling. You can predict their defence, that spellcheck and predictive text mean they don’t need literacy skills, and I suppose I understand their thinking. However, being more number orientated, I began to wonder if they applied this thinking to number formation. Do they appreciate the importance of correct number formation? Possibly not.Read more
Everybody knows about the slippage in progress of learning between Primary and Secondary schools. Indeed, it is estimated that nearly 40% of children go backwards in reading between the end of Year 6 and the beginning of Year 7. Some people have even suggested that pupils might as well skip Year 7 because, for many of them, it takes a year to achieve in Secondary school what they were achieving in the run-up to the SATs in Year 6!Read more