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12th February 2014 - 5 Top Tips for organising Catch Up® Numeracy with older learners in your school

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1. Don't assume anything!

  • Just because they are older doesn't mean they are secure with even basic numeracy skills, so always administer the Catch Up® phase 1 assessments before starting the Catch Up® individual sessions. The assessments will identify any gaps which may be holding back the learner’s progress in numeracy.

2. Think about Catch Up® from the learner’s point of view!
  • Don't timetable their Catch Up® sessions so they miss their favourite lessons.

  • Make sure you have a quiet space to do the Catch Up® sessions away from other pupils.

3. Link Catch Up® sessions to classroom work
  • Use the Comments and Follow-up boxes on the individual session record sheet to liaise with the maths teacher about any difficulties the learner is experiencing.

  • Make the classroom/intervention connections clear to the learner, e.g. “Now we’ve done these activities on counting backwards in 5s, you’ll find it easier to do subtraction in the classroom.”

4. Involve the learner in making decisions
  • Remember: 'Catch Up® is done with the learner, not to them'

  • Let them make some decisions within the session, e.g. ‘We are going to work on counting on in 10s. Do you want to go first or shall I?’

  • Make the most of the Comments box. Encourage them to reflect on their learning, e.g. ‘What do you know now that you didn’t know before?’

5. Finally - make it FUN – aim to make the learner laugh at least once in a session!

Kath John, Catch Up® Accredited Trainer

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