E4I focus on Catch Up Literacy
The intervention we will be looking at this week from Evidence4Impact is Catch Up Literacy.
Catch Up Literacy has been rated as ‘moderate’ for secondary reading. This lets educators know that the intervention has a moderate chance of improving pupils’ outcomes in reading at secondary level if it is implemented as designed.
The intervention has been developed by Catch Up which is a not-for-profit charity working to address literacy and numeracy difficulties that contribute to underachievement. It was launched in 1998, based on original research by Diana Bentley, Suzi Clipson-Boyles and Dee Reid.
Catch Up Literacy is a structured one-to-one reading intervention for struggling readers between the ages of 6 and 14. Sessions are based around an appropriately levelled text and involve prepared reading, discussion of the text and linked writing activities. The intervention matches books to pupils according to their reading ability, which pupils then read to a teaching assistant, so is intended to also support the development of their comprehension skills.
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) ran a project in 2013/2014 investigating the effectiveness of Catch Up Literacy, which found that it had a positive impact on reading for pupils making the transition from primary to secondary school, with an effect size of +.012.
In this evaluation, pupils were identified by their Year 6 teachers in their feeder primary schools as being struggling readers who were predicted to achieve below level 4b in reading. Each secondary school employed two part-time TAs to deliver the intervention in the last few weeks of Year 6 and after the pupils transitioned to secondary school.
The evaluation found that Catch Up Literacy did have a statistically significant impact on pupils’ attitudes to school, self-assessed ability in reading, and their confidence in and enjoyment in writing. Teaching assistants delivering the intervention reported that it increased their job satisfaction and professional development.
The EEF is now running a further project testing the intervention in more schools, the results should be available later in the year.