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Gay Drysdale

Gay Drysdale

Personal biography
Graduating in English Literature, I went into Applied Linguistics because I was teaching, lecturing and training teachers to teach English as a Foreign Language. I have worked with teachers in many countries overseas, becoming more and more aware of the necessity of being literate in your own language and, as an immigrant, in the host language.
Latterly, I worked in family liaison in London schools. I was aware of the need for immigrant families to be literate in English to be able to adapt to a new society. I set up School Home Liaison in the London Boroughs of Westminster, Islington and Camden. The organisation has now amalgamated with School Home Support; the combined organisation covers a wide area of London and other urban areas.

Professional/voluntary biography
On retiring, I was fortunate to be asked to become a Trustee of Catch Up®. I accepted, partly because of the reasons stated below but mainly because I was asked to use my acquired skills on a voluntary basis. Catch Up® gives me the chance to learn new techniques and to share in the developments the programme is making. By observing training sessions I am up to date with adjustments to the delivery of the sessions. Trustee’s questions are always answered promptly.
I have stopped any other voluntary work.

Why I am a Trustee
For nearly 12 years, I have had great satisfaction in watching this pragmatic, well-informed regime support and encourage learners in acquiring numeracy as well as literacy skills.
Academically, Catch Up® is thoroughly researched. Practically, it is designed for use in the overcrowded curriculum; the sessions are short, simple, transparent and rewarding to learner and presenter. Catch Up® is economical and useful.