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.
Dr Ann Dowker (University of Oxford) is undertaking a follow-up study on behalf of the ‘Numbers Count’ project. As part of this, she needs volunteer schools who have not taken part in ‘Numbers Count’ in order to provide a comparison or control group.Read more
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