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An electronic journal for leaders in education
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Catch Up Literacy

Tracy Riley
Catch Up™ Assistant Director, Australia

Catch Up Literacy is a program for children who have experienced years of reading instruction but still have acute reading difficulties. It is a book-based, structured, one-to-one literacy intervention, addressed to both word recognition and language comprehension. The program is administered by teachers or teacher aides, after training from Catch Up Approved Trainers. Originating in Britain, Catch Up Literacy was piloted successfully at schools in New South Wales and Tasmania in 2009. Since then it has been applied at a number of schools in both states, where it is continuing to assist students in need. The program providers are now considering ways to make it more widely available in Australia. Catch Up Ltd is a newly established Australian not-for-profit charity working to address the problem of underachievement that has its roots in literacy and numeracy difficulties.


Subject Headings

Reading comprehension
Reading difficulties