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On Friday 12th June, over 100 Catch Up® trustees, trainers, supporters and friends had afternoon tea in the very elegant and historical surroundings of the Cholmondeley (pronounced Chummley) Room and Terrace in the House of Lords.
We were the guests of Baroness Andrews OBE and we were celebrating 15 successful years of Catch Up® and looking forward to exciting future developments.
Baroness Andrews is well known for her dedicated work in the field of education. She was founder and Director of Education Extra – the national charity for out-of-school learning and activities.
We kept the speeches to a minimum (we all wanted to enjoy the delicious tea and take photos on the terrace!) but there were a few important things to be said.
First of all, Baroness Andrews reminded us of the importance of working with vulnerable learners and the difference improving literacy and numeracy skills can make to the learners themselves and their whole families.
Then Dee Reid gave us a whistle-stop review of Catch Up® since its launch in 1998. There were some in the room who remembered the earliest days of Catch Up®, but few of them could have imagined that we could achieve as much as we have – developing from a literacy intervention for Year 3 pupils delivered by teachers to become a literacy and numeracy intervention, delivered by teaching assistants for pupils in Years 2 – 9 and also reaching out to looked-after children, traveller children and young offenders.
Graham Sigley, Deputy Director of Catch Up®, shared with us some figures:
Catch Up® is the working name of The Caxton Trust, a not-for-profit charity registered in England and Wales (1072425) and Scotland (SC047557) as well as a company limited by guarantee (03476510). Catch Up is a registered trademark.