PROJECT DETAILS

Catch Up® Literacy Pilot Evaluation

This project is an evaluation of the reading intervention Catch Up® Literacy delivered by foster carers and kinship carers in their homes to children in Years 5 or 6.

Status

Pilot / In progress

Estimated completion

March 2023

Focus areas

Children & families

Evaluated by

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and Institute for Employment Studies (IES)

Key Figures

Local authorities 6 LAs and Independent Fostering Agencies
Sample size Approx. 50 Looked After Children

This project is an evaluation of the reading intervention Catch Up® Literacy delivered by foster carers and kinship carers in their homes to children in Years 5 or 6. Catch Up® Literacy is designed to be delivered to struggling readers aged 6 -14 years of age by teaching assistants or teachers in a school environment. Children receive two 15-minute sessions per week using a book-based approach that allows children to work on both word recognition and language comprehension. For this pilot the intervention will be delivered by foster carers and kinship carers of children in Year 5 and 6 (aged 9 – 11) in their own homes. Foster carers and kinship carers will be trained to deliver 15-minute sessions per week for 19 weeks.

The eligibility criteria for this study are upper Key Stage 2 children in Years 5 or 6 that are looked after. This cohort of children show poorer outcomes than their peers who are not looked after. It is therefore crucial to identify effective interventions that close the attainment gap in education to stop these pupils falling behind.

This research builds on a report WWCSC released in February 2020 which revisited 63 trials funded by the Education Endowment Foundation to determine  what works in education for children who have had social workers. Catch Up Literacy is a development of one of the ten interventions, which the research identified as showing signs of potential for children’s social care (CSC) experienced children, and which warranted further research.

The evaluation is a pilot study including an implementation and process evaluation, and an assessment of the suitability of the proposed outcome measures. The main aim of the pilot study is to establish the feasibility of delivering Catch Up® Literacy in the home rather than in school, and to test the feasibility of conducting child-level reading assessments online.  The study will use surveys and interview data to assess feasibility of delivery.