Catch Up Literacy

Years/Age range


Type of children

Low attainers

Child/Adult ratio


Length of intervention

10-44 weeks in different studies; 10-15 minutes a week

Brief description

There is a comprehensive assessment procedure at the start of each child’s programme, and then 10-minute individual sessions, each containing three discrete activities: the teacher talks through the text and pictures of the selected book, providing key vocabulary and familiarising the child with the story; the child reads the book and the teacher records progress; linked writing or spelling activity. Various support materials exist.


For comprehension in Y2-9: useful to substantial
For reading accuracy in Y3: remarkable

Further information