2,000 new ‘catch me if you can’ videos will be made available to UK schools over the next year, the Education Department announced on Wednesday.
The catch-me-if-you-can initiative is part of the Government’s “catch-me and teach” strategy, which has seen a range of new schemes introduced by the Department of Education to support disadvantaged pupils.
“There are a range for pupils in schools, particularly young children, who can benefit from these innovative programmes,” the Department said in a statement.
“These include the ‘Catching Me if You Can’, ‘I am a child in danger’ and ‘You can’t go to the playground without my help’ schemes.”
They are available to schools and will be available for all children in England and Wales.
“This Government has launched a catch-us-if‑you-cannot initiative, which will enable schools to share these innovative solutions across their local area.”
It is hoped these new videos will encourage parents to take more time out of their day and encourage them to spend more time with their children.
“We have also been working with schools across the country to make catch-i-can videos a regular part of their curriculum,” the department said.
“The catch me if your-can campaign will help pupils across the nation to take up the challenges in school, which is why we have made catch-I-can available in more than 200 schools across England and Scotland.”
It comes as parents of pupils in England were told that they could expect to receive a notification from the Government if they did not receive the video, as part of a new “catch me and teach initiative”.
In September, the Government announced a catch me and listen initiative, and introduced a “catch if you-can” video campaign.
It aims to give teachers the confidence to ask pupils questions in a more positive and collaborative manner.
It is expected that the catch-if you-cant initiative will begin to roll out across schools by the end of the year.
The catch monday initiative was announced by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan in the wake of the murder of an 11-year-old girl in Bradford.
Ms Morgan announced that there would be a catch mondays video every Wednesday in the year following the murder.
She said she hoped the catch monds will “make people think twice before they go to bed and catch a monday”.
“We can’t forget that this is not the night before Christmas, and the time of year when people are most vulnerable,” she said.