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On our blog you can read latest news about Catch Up®, training and events, as well as useful articles about helping struggling learners with literacy and numeracy.

20th May 2024 - Using comic-strip books in Catch Up® sessions

Comic-strip books are often a popular choice by struggling readers, but don’t assume that these texts are always easy to read. Sometimes, the text is written in capital letters and that can present a challenge to the struggling reader. Also, pupils (and adults!) can be uncertain about what to read first – the text above or below the artwork, or what is written in the speech bubbles.

Here are some simple guidelines...

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13th May 2024 - Review and Refresh – Summer Term online sessions

Summer Term 2024 dates are now available for our live online Review and Refresh sessions, for Catch Up® Literacy and Catch Up® Numeracy.

Designed for those who attended Catch Up® training over six months ago and who now have experience of delivering the intervention, the Review and Refresh online session offers you a great opportunity to share how your practice is going, and to get further guidance and advice from a Catch Up® Accredited Trainer (and other trainees!).

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9th May 2024 - Lynne’s logic - Division

Welcome back to Lynne’s blog and today’s topic - Guzintas. Though not the spicy cuisine they may sound like, they can raise some learners’ temperatures as high as the hottest chilli. So what are these mysterious Guzintas? Division calculations. (As in ‘two guzinta six, three times’!)

They are a necessary evil, I’m afraid, as an ability to divide is essential to calculate with fractions and percentages, amongst other things.

Learners normally first meet division in KS1 but might still be experiencing difficulties well into Key Stage 3. So why the problems? I believe there are a number of issues responsible and I apologise here for the length of this blog, but it reflects the profound difficulties that are experienced by many learners.

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30th April 2024 - Catch Up® Literacy – Supporting Reading

A bespoke training course for parents and carers based on Catch Up® Literacy

What is Catch Up® Literacy – Supporting Reading?
Catch Up has developed a bespoke training course, based on the original Catch Up® Literacy intervention, to enable parents and carers to support their child’s reading skills in the home setting.

The training focuses on proven and positive strategies around how to share a reading book or text with a child, building their confidence and enjoyment when reading and supporting the improvement of their reading skills.

The training takes place as a stand-alone, 3-hour live online course, facilitated by one of our Catch Up® Accredited Trainers.

Parents and carers who book to attend receive a training booklet, all the paperwork required, guidance on which books/texts to use and ongoing support from the Catch Up team.

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18th March 2024 - Summer Term training dates available

Dates for our Summer Term online training courses have now been released to our website, including afternoon session times.

For more details, please visit the 'Find training' page on our website.

Remember that we offer both Literacy and Numeracy interventions, so if you are only using one in your school, next term might be a great time to introduce the other (training discounts are available).

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