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With our Summer term training courses in full swing, and a long break just around the corner, we wanted to give you a round-up from our Spring term training! During the Spring term, we delivered more than 40 ‘Delivering Catch Up®’ training courses (including online courses in the UK and overseas!), welcoming over 400 attendees to the Catch Up® Community. In addition to this, we have continued to offer our popular Catch Up® information session webinars!
Our Accredited Trainers were pleased to visit some of our Regional Training Centres, as well as several schools and other venues across the UK. The trainers are always grateful for the warm and friendly welcome they receive – it makes life ‘on the road’ a really positive experience. Our trainers, once again, travelled far and wide to deliver the face-to-face training, with courses taking place in Liverpool, London, Birmingham, South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire, Suffolk, Nottingham, South Wales, Yorkshire, Bristol, South Ayrshire, Manchester, Gateshead and Belfast! We were also very happy to welcome trainees via our online training courses, which ran for UK schools and those based overseas.
One of our Accredited Trainers, Joyce Hughes, was keen to share her experiences of delivering both Catch Up® Literacy and Catch Up® Numeracy courses last term across the UK. Colleagues working with many different learners, from Primary to Secondary settings, attended. Joyce told us, “On every course, the outstanding response from trainees has been their enthusiasm for the Catch Up® interventions. Despite all the pressures of time and budgets they are experiencing, the trainees’ commitment to making literacy and numeracy better for their learners is abundantly clear – and I find that awesome!”
Joyce continued, “The passion, interest and determination is evident. I have been really pleased to hear the trainees’ positive comments during the courses, including, ‘This is just what I have been looking for’ and ‘I can see this being really beneficial for my learners.’ It was particularly warming to welcome trainees who had already experienced the success of Catch Up®, and were back to introduce the ‘other’ intervention. One trainee, who worked with secondary-aged learners, reported how well Catch Up® Literacy was already going in their school, and they were really looking forward to seeing the same impact from Catch Up® Numeracy. Another trainee had seen the success of Catch Up® at their previous school, and was keen to get it started at the new one.”
Our trainers often share some funny ‘on the road’ incidents with us, but Joyce was pleased to have a smooth term overall, despite travelling to many different locations. She told us, “This term has been quite incident free! My only battle was with a rather loud urn, which liked to compete with me whilst I delivered! It was worth persisting, however, as we all enjoyed some good cups of tea, which were very welcome on those cold days at the beginning of term.”
Across all of our courses, the average trainee response to ‘How would you rate the training course overall?’ was 4.5 (with 1 being ‘poor’ and 5 being ‘excellent’). As always, we received extremely positive feedback, and some great suggestions of how we can make things even better for those working with the interventions ‘on the chalk face’.
The comments we received during the Spring term included:
‘I would recommend this course to anyone who is looking to improve their skills working with struggling learners’
‘This course has helped me evolve as a teacher’
‘By far one of the best courses I have been on’
‘Professional and engaging’
‘Great value and a very structured intervention’
‘I look forward to seeing the progress children make’
‘I have already seen the impact and look forward to extending this’
There are still some spaces available on our Summer term courses, across the UK. Simply visit www.catchup.org to find out what’s coming up soon or contact the Catch Up® team via email email@example.com or telephone 01842 752297. We look forward to seeing you there and supporting even more struggling learners.
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