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1 Introducing Catch Up Literacy An intervention for struggling readers

2 WHAT IS CATCH UP LITERACY? Structured one-to-one intervention for learners who find reading difficult Addresses all aspects of the reading process: word recognition and language comprehension 15 minute individual teaching session, delivered twice a week (many schools deliver Catch Up Literacy very successfully to pupils in Years 2 4 using 10 minute individual teaching sessions) Targeted to the needs of individual learners Complements the Primary and KS3 National Strategies, DCSF recognised Grounded in rigorous academic research Available as part of a comprehensive and integrated training and resource package Delivered by staff who have attended the Catch Up Literacy training (including teachers, teaching assistants and carers) (more than 6000 staff have attended Catch Up Literacy training) Available in Welsh medium (Llythrennedd Dyfal Donc) BACKGROUND RESEARCH Catch Up Literacy draws on existing research on reading, including: Poor readers concepts of reading (Medwell, 1990) The importance of fluency (Stanovich, 1980) The reciprocal gains of reading and spelling (Clay, 1991) Taking a known sight word as a starting point for analogies (Goswami, 1994)

3 I actually go into the library and get books out - even on weekends. I actually sit down and read them, not chuck them around the room! CATCH UP LITERACY is suitable for all struggling readers (working towards NC Level 1 or above), including: Struggling readers who find it difficult to learn in group situations Struggling readers who are significantly below the expected National Curriculum Level for their age Struggling readers whose Reading Age is significantly below their Chronological Age National Curriculum Level Catch Up Literacy is suitable for learners whose NC Level or Reading Age, compared with their Chronological Age, falls within this shaded area Reading Age Chronological Age NB As there isn t an exact correlation between NC Level/Reading Age and suitability for Catch Up Literacy, the shaded area has a graduated edge. I can read big books and little books. I can read any books.

4 CATCH UP SUCCESS Catch Up Literacy is used in more than 4000 schools across the UK, and has been implemented in clusters of schools by more than 60 local authorities Learners in Years 2 6 who received Catch Up for an average period of 7.9 months made average Reading Age gains of 18 months (Standardised data as reported by 23 local authorities across the UK, including 6617 learners in 809 schools from 2002 to 2006.) Learners in Years 7 8 who received Catch Up for an average period of 11 months made average Reading Age gains of 18.4 months and average Comprehension Age gains of 15.6 months (Reading Age standardised data as reported by 5 local authorities across the UK, including 395 learners in 56 schools from 2004 to Comprehension Age standardised data as reported by 3 local authorities, including 139 learners in 22 schools from 2005 to 2006.) After only 3 months of Catch Up, learners: became more self-confident and motivated in class felt more in control of their learning felt more confident to write independently displayed a much improved attitude towards English displayed a much improved attitude to other subjects in the curriculum (Online attitude test) Catch Up recommends that progress is monitored by means of a standardised reading test. I didn t used to like reading to other people. I feel alright now. I feel more confident to read to other people.

5 Brandon, Year 2, Vale of Glamorgan Brandon started Catch Up Literacy with a gap of 14 months between his Chronological Age and Reading Age. He didn t like reading at school or taking books home. After 9 months of Catch Up Literacy, Brandon made 30 months progress in his Reading Age. He now looks forward to reading. Brandon s progress Progress using Catch Up Literacy over 9 months Judge, Year 4, Islington Judge started Catch Up Literacy with a gap of almost two years between his Chronological Age and Reading Age. His teachers reported that he tried hard but his lack of confidence was holding him back. After only 4 months of Catch Up Literacy, Judge made 16 months progress in his Reading Age. He is also now taking a more active role in class activities. Judge s progress Progress using Catch Up Literacy over 4 months Louise, Year 7, Norfolk Louise started Catch Up Literacy with a gap of more than four years between her Chronological Age and Reading Age. She worked hard in class but was embarrassed by her difficulties with reading. After 9 months of Catch Up Literacy, Louise made 2 years progress in her Reading Age and gained in confidence and self-esteem. Louise s progress Progress using Catch Up Literacy over 9 months

6 THE 4 STAGES OF CATCH UP LITERACY Formative assessments Selecting an appropriate book for the learner to read Individual teaching session (15 minutes, twice a week) Ongoing monitoring STAGE 1: Formative assessments The Formative assessments assess what the learner can do and where their needs lie They are used to set Catch Up Literacy Targets and to identify the appropriate starting point for teaching Literacy iii all how put are into said away just some back made take been make talk called man that came more them can t must then come name there don t new they down next this find now time from old too girl one two give our want goes out well going over were good play what help pull where home push who Example Formative assessment STAGE 2: Selecting an appropriate book for the learner to read Catch Up has graded more than 5000 books* into 12 gradually increasing levels of difficulty (including 500 in Welsh medium) The aim is to help select books that the individual struggling reader can read with a high degree of success * A complete list of the books graded to Catch Up Literacy Levels is available to members of the Catch Up Community on the online Catch Up Interactive Booklist

7 STAGE 3: Individual teaching session (15 minutes, twice a week) Individual teaching session part 1: Prepared reading (3 minutes) To give the learner an overview of the story, so that they can concentrate on reading for meaning To introduce unfamiliar vocabulary To give the learner more confidence to tackle the text Individual teaching session part 2: The learner reads and text is discussed (6 minutes) To give an opportunity to identify which reading strategies the learner uses To encourage the learner to take responsibility for tackling any less familiar words To provide an opportunity to discuss the text and to ensure that the learner understands the content, can infer meaning and express opinions Individual teaching session part 3: Linked writing (6 minutes) To provide focused teaching based on observed miscues To enable the learner to benefit from the reciprocal gains of reading and spelling Individual teaching session Book title: Miscues Reading strategies Uses initial phoneme to decode word Uses more than initial phoneme Blends phonemes accurately Chunks longer words into syllables Substitutes a meaningful word Self-corrects Pays attention to punctuation Reads with expression Sentence including selected word (from miscues or targets) Comments (including learner s comments) Response and understanding Fiction Literal comprehension e.g., Who is the main character? What happened...? Inferential comprehension e.g., What might happen next? How do you think the character felt when...? Why did the character say...? Personal response e.g., What would you have done if...? Have you ever been...? Non-fiction Have you learned anything new about...? Which fact do you find the most interesting? Follow up record sheet Date: Linked writing Irregular word focus Phonic focus (check that the pencil or pen is held correctly) Literacy A record is kept of the teaching and learning of each Individual teaching session session STAGE 4: Ongoing monitoring The record kept of each Individual teaching session gives valuable information about the learner s needs and progress Learners are further assessed using the Catch Up Literacy Formative assessments at the mid-point and end of the year We recommend that progress is also monitored by means of a standardised reading test

8 THE CATCH UP LITERACY SEQUENCE OF TEACHING From the text that the learner has just read, a sentence is identified which contains a word that the learner has miscued. This word is carefully analysed by the teacher and learner (segmenting and blending phonemes or memorising letter names of high frequency sight words) and then the learner practises spelling the word. Then the word is written in its sentence and the sentence is reinstated in the context of the text. Text Sentence Word Phoneme Word Sentence Text SUPPORT Catch Up provides support to help local authorities, schools and other settings implement Catch Up Literacy as effectively as possible Support is available by telephone, by , via our website and (for everyone who has been trained by Catch Up) via the Catch Up Community THE CATCH UP COMMUNITY Open to everyone who has been trained by Catch Up A newsletter and password protected web pages provide additional support (includes the online Interactive Booklist which can be used to identify the Catch Up Literacy Level of a book, or to find examples of books at a particular Level) ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Games and activities (provided to all trainees) Parent Links video and leaflets (provided to all trainees) Catch Up interactive CD ROMs 1, 2 and 3 (CD ROM 3, for older struggling readers, is due soon). Please see the Catch Up website for more information and pricing. Catch Up CD ROM 1 Catch Up CD ROM 2

9 When I read, sometimes I make it sound the same as the book. TARGETING SUPPORT Catch Up Literacy has all the key features of interventions that best support struggling readers (as identified in the NLS guidance document Targeting support: choosing and implementing interventions for children with significant literacy difficulties DfES 0201/2003). Effective interventions will use an approach for which there is documented evidence of success... include elements of word, sentence and text level work and, where appropriate, oral language skills the balance depending on the assessed individual needs of the child... use an approach intensively for a focused period, within an identified time scale Catch Up Literacy has been shown to help learners achieve a Reading Age gain of 18 months over an average intervention of just 7.9 months (standardised tests)... aims to improve all aspects of the reading process, by addressing word recognition and language comprehension... is targeted to the needs of individual learners... has been shown to help learners make significant progress in only 15 minutes twice a week over a period of only 7.9 months Catch Up use an approach for which there is an infrastructure of support appropriate training for the teachers and teaching assistants implementing them... be embedded within a wholeschool approach... provides ongoing support to all involved in the delivery of Catch Up Literacy: the Catch Up Community... has trained more than 6000 staff from across the UK (including teachers, teaching assistants and carers) to deliver Catch Up Literacy... offers training, support and resources for local authorities and school Senior Management Teams

10 CATCH UP TRAINING All of the guidance necessary to deliver Catch Up Literacy is available as part of the integrated training and resource package: L1: INTRODUCING CATCH UP LITERACY For local authority advisers, members of school Senior Management Teams and the member of staff who will manage Catch Up Literacy in school (or other setting). A 90 minute information session which gives an overview of Catch Up Literacy and its implementation and management in school (or other setting). NB There is no charge for L1. L2: DELIVERING CATCH UP LITERACY For staff (including teachers, teaching assistants and carers) who will deliver Catch Up Literacy to struggling readers and for the member of staff who will manage Catch Up Literacy in school (or other setting). Each trainee s file includes all the guidance and proformas necessary to deliver Catch Up Literacy. The 3 half day hands-on sessions cover: background and research assessing reading skills and selecting appropriate books delivering the Catch Up Literacy Individual teaching session ongoing monitoring The time between each training session enables the trainees to complete short assignments and to practise the Catch Up Literacy skills. L3: MANAGING CATCH UP LITERACY For the member of staff who will manage Catch Up Literacy in school (or other setting). This 90 minute session considers in detail the effective management of Catch Up Literacy in school (or other setting). It is usually held immediately after L2. It also includes guidance on three follow-up user group meetings. L4: REVIEW AND NEXT STEPS For those who have completed L2 and are experienced in delivering Catch Up Literacy (including the member of staff who manages Catch Up Literacy in school or other setting). This one day course reviews the delivery of Catch Up Literacy and gives further guidance on comprehension, phonics, specific praise and grading books to Catch Up Literacy Levels.

11 Who attends which sessions? The staff who will deliver Catch Up Literacy to learners attend L2 and L4 The member of staff who will manage the delivery of Catch Up Literacy in school (or other setting) attends L1, L2, L3 and L4 Catch Up Literacy training can be organised for staff from individual schools, from clusters of schools or from other settings. OCN accredited training The Catch Up Literacy training is accredited by the Open College Network (OCN): Delivering Catch Up Literacy and Review and Next Steps (L2 and L4) are accredited at OCN Level 2 Managing Catch Up Literacy (L3) is accredited at OCN Level 3 Submitting for the OCN accreditation is voluntary. Catch Up Approved Trainers All Catch Up training is delivered by Catch Up Approved Trainers National Open College Network COST OF CATCH UP LITERACY 299 per trainee (minimum 2,990 please contact Catch Up if you would like to find out about joining with other groups). This includes: L2, L3 and L4 (maximum 30 trainees per course) Trainer expenses All the guidance and proformas necessary to deliver and manage Catch Up Literacy OCN accreditation fees Membership of the Catch Up Community (including access to the Catch Up Interactive Booklist) NB There is no charge for L1 (minimum 5, maximum 75 trainees/delegates per session) Invoicing and prices The Catch Up Literacy training is invoiced in two stages: the first at the time of booking, the second after L2/L3. All prices are valid until Catch Up Literacy training in Wales Bilingual Catch Up Literacy training and Welsh-medium Llythrennedd Dyfal Donc training is available. To access the bilingual or Welsh-medium training through the WJEC National Welsh and Welsh-medium Training programmes, please contact your local authority Inspector Adviser.

12 CATCH UP LITERACY is: a structured one-to-one intervention for struggling readers centred on a 15 minute session delivered twice a week, targeted to the needs of the individual grounded in rigorous academic research shown to be effective in schools realistic, practical and very inexpensive CATCH UP, a not-for-profit charity, provides: For more information about Catch Up Literacy, visit our website: To book Catch Up Literacy training: L1 (held in your local authority, at no charge) L1 L4 (the full Catch Up Literacy training and resource package)...call or Literacy comprehensive, integrated training and resource packages for organisations and staff, to support the delivery and management of Catch Up Literacy and Catch Up Numeracy ongoing support, through the Catch Up Community, for those who deliver Catch Up Literacy and/or Catch Up Numeracy to learners All proceeds from our training courses, training materials, intervention materials and supporting resources are put back into the development of new interventions, training and resources so that we are able to help more struggling learners. All of our materials are copyright. Catch Up, Keystone Innovation Centre, Croxton Road, Thetford IP24 1JD tel: fax: Catch Up is a registered charity: Catch Up is a registered trademark:

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