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7th December 2022 - Season's greetings

Dear All,

As we reach the end of 2022 and take time to reflect upon the year, we recognise that it has been a challenging one for many of us, and we fully anticipate that 2023 will continue to be so.

We have welcomed many past trainees back to delivering the Catch Up® interventions, which has been heartening to witness. As schools work on closing the attainment gap, often widened due to the pandemic, we know that the Catch Up® interventions can help, and with your help the word is spreading.

Training is consistently rated as good or better, with the majority of trainees rating it as very good or excellent.

  • I enjoyed the training. It was very detailed, informative, and structured. Literacy trainee

  • All in all, an excellent training course with lots of practical examples. Numeracy trainee

  • This was a very thorough training course that has left me with a clear view and plan as to how Catch Up Literacy can be used in my school. Literacy trainee

  • I do a lot of online courses and I have to say [the trainer] was excellent. She explained everything thoroughly, allowed people to ask questions and made everyone feel welcome and their opinions valued. Numeracy trainee

The team works incredibly hard to ensure that your training experience is as good as it can be, and all are heartened by the feedback we regularly receive.


This year saw the sad passing of our Communications and Quality Assurance Lead, Sue Walker, after many years of service to Catch Up®. The team is not the same, but we trust that she would approve of how everyone has pulled together to ensure you are supported in the best way possible.

Our team will evolve again after the holiday as our long serving Administrator (Literacy and Numeracy Support), Donna Clarke has decided to retire. She has been working closely with Caroline Sulman, in recent weeks, to ensure the transition will be a smooth one.

I am sure that you will all join with me to wish her a long and happy retirement.

As we move into 2023, we are looking forward to the successful completion of our Early Years Project, based in London, and supported by an external grant provided by ‘The charity of Sir Richard Whittington (for which the Mercer’s Company is Corporate Trustee). Early indications are looking promising, and we will share the outcomes with you once all the data has been collected and crunched!

A big thank you to all the schools, both children and staff, who have helped us with this one.

If you are a primary school based in London, would like to access Catch Up® training, and are happy to trial the interventions with 4 Reception aged children, then please do get in touch.

Our work delivering Catch Up® Literacy to Carers has continued, and we would like to thank What Works for Children’s Social Care for their support with this work, and for enabling us to offer book collections to care experienced children.

I hope that 2023 continues to be a positive one for Catch Up® and that we are able, with your support, to make the difference to as many struggling learners as possible.

I wish you a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable break.

With warmest wishes


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