What schools say

Over the years, we have been sent lots of feedback from schools using the Catch Up® interventions and we'd like to share some of it here!

Quotes from online training

"Thank you for the professional and informative course. Every moment was utilised to convey the key points and details required to embark on the 'Catch Up' adventure with our pupils." (2023)

"Excellent course. Love the structure of it!" (2023)

"Very happy with the training and delivery... the supporting documents are excellent." (2023)

"I really enjoyed the training and cannot wait to get started with my learners. Thank you." (2023)

“Excellent course which I feel will be of great benefit to our pupils.” (2022)

“I would highly recommend this course, it was well organised with clear descriptions and lots of opportunity to ask questions.” (2022)

“The instructional videos and clips were excellent to help with how to deliver the sessions.” (2022)

“I really enjoyed the training and I am now confident to carry out the intervention with learners in my setting.” (2022)

“I felt that everything was explained really well and we were given plenty of opportunities to ask questions and contribute.” (2022)

“It was clearly presented and a lot of examples given.” (2022)

“This was one of the best courses I've been on. I feel empowered to carry out this intervention straight away and know that support for me is available if I need it.” (2022)

“Great course and great trainer. Very informative and well structured.” (2022)

“The course was delivered at a good pace with useful real-life examples.” (2022)

"I really enjoyed the course, and I can't wait to get started..." (2021)

"Watching videos of real sessions as well as being told how to carry out the sessions was very helpful." (2021)

"All sessions were well paced and covered all aspects of the training thoroughly. Trainer was very clear with her explanation and answered all our queries clearly and thoroughly." (2021)

"The resources were of an excellent standard, clear to follow and everything was well presented." (2021)

"I feel that this intervention will really help the pupils I work with and I am really looking forward to using it! I would definitely recommend this course to others!" (2021)

"A really useful, well designed and well delivered course." (2021)

"I would highly recommend this course, it was well organised with clear descriptions and lots of opportunity to ask questions." (2021)

"I think the training was very informative with excellent examples and videos. It was very structured and detailed and I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to putting it all into practice." (2021)

"Very good progression paperwork to show [each pupil's] targets and levels and movements through the levels." (2021)

"Everything we needed was covered in the course to a high standard, and I feel confident to deliver [Catch Up]." (2021)

"Really useful, practical, clear and we are looking forward to getting started with it. Thank you." (2021)

"It was well paced and very informative. [The trainer] gave everyone enough time to answer any questions we had." (2021)

“…we are loving the course…excellent for our school!” (2020)

"I very much enjoyed the course. As well as it being a visual training it was also practical. The homework tasks were a good way for us to practise and come back the following day to give feedback. I think this is an excellent way to support children." (2020)

"The training was all brilliant and we really look forward to working on the programme." (2020)

"Excellent course and well presented" (2020)

"Thank you, the training sessions were amazing. I have learnt a lot and can't wait to start the reading intervention sessions with the pupils." (2020)

"This has been a useful course. I am looking forward to seeing some students fly once they have gained the confidence and knowledge with numeracy." (2020)

"Thank you ever so much. The training was very thorough and well explained." (2020)

"The process of monitoring student's progress was excellent." (2020)

"The training was delivered professionally, was concise and easy to understand." (2020)

"Thank you, training was fantastic." (2020)

Impact quotes

"The children have developed more confidence and made progress." (2021)

"It has helped to identify gaps in knowledge." (2021)

"It builds confidence and great self esteem. It makes you see the important and basic mathematical skills the child [has] missed." (2021)

"It [complements] the curriculum, is easy to follow and students respond/engage well. It has proven results." (2021)

“There has been improvement in confidence, engagement and knowledge.” (2021)

Catch Up® intervention continues to be a great success in South Ayrshire. So much so, that we have had requests for further Catch Up® training for school assistants and teachers in both Literacy and Numeracy.”
Marisa Doherty, Principal Teacher of Inclusion, Learning and Teaching, South Ayrshire (2019)

“I have seen Catch Up® in a number of settings over my time in Education and have always thought of it as a great tool in the hands of those appropriately trained and committed professionals. With the huge emphasis on proving the progress of all children and the culture of Benchmarking and Categorisation, this is a fantastic tool which benefits children who need that extra boost in Literacy or Numeracy. There is also the benefit for schools to illustrate how additional intervention can indeed bring the wonderful outcomes of making children reconnect and enjoy Literacy and Numeracy activities, while also enabling schools to show they are ensuring value for money.”
David Morris, HT, Jenner Park Primary School, Wales (2019)

Catch Up® works. I wouldn't speak about something I didn't believe in.”
‘[We are] impressed with the Catch Up® Literacy intervention, [it is] quick and effective. Record keeping and pupil tracking are clear and straightforward.
Catch Up® Literacy has proven to be a very successful intervention for all of the pupils we have used it with. Every child has made progress and they thoroughly enjoy their Catch Up® time.
Parents have commented to class teachers and to myself that their child now picks up books at home and is more willing to read.
We are now having staff trained in Catch Up® Numeracy.’
Jayne Burrows, Deputy Headteacher and SENDco, St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Walsall (2017)

We chose the Catch Up® Numeracy intervention because we see the benefit of early intervention for children in maths. Catch Up® was perfect for us due to its high level of monitoring and tracking and, even better, the fact that it went back to basics with the children, constantly reinforcing and recapping the basic building blocks in maths fluency so that the children become much more able to access the curriculum. Louise Bradford, Deputy Headteacher, Crookhill Community Primary School, Ryton, Tyne & Wear (2018)

Quotes from the training room

[The trainer] was inspirational and unbelievably thorough, offering anecdotal evidence together with clear explanations and directives regarding the structure and delivery of Catch Up®. I don't recall any training I have undertaken in the past ten years that was as exemplary as this and I have returned to school with such enthusiasm about both delivering and co-ordinating this intervention.
The follow up system and on going support from Catch Up® will be invaluable and we can proceed with confidence to improve the reading of so many of our students. Really excited about this! A huge thank you for a meticulously planned course with excellent supporting resources.
HLTA Interventions Co-ordinator, North Yorkshire (2018)

This is such a fantastic intervention - I can already see the impact on a pupil. The delivery was perfect - in pace and content. Thank you. SENCo, Shropshire (2018)

I felt that this was a highly worthwhile training course, particularly in the role of PEF Champion this year. I think that the approach will be an effective intervention with a number of young people in my school and I am excited to get started and see the impact that it has. [The trainer] was fantastic and explained everything well and passed on her enthusiasm for Catch Up® Numeracy to all attending the course. Acting Principal Teacher, Lanarkshire (2018)