Training to boost literacy education
Literacy education in the Pilbara is set to receive a boost with an announcement last week that all Pilbara schools will soon have teachers accredited to deliver training in a specialised program that uses spoken activities to teach reading and writing, in a worldfirst education initiative.
In partnership with the Dyslexia SPELD Foundation, the Talk for Writing program — which was previously piloted by about 15 schools in the region to good results — will be rolled out in all Pilbara public schools over the next few years, and a teacher at each institution will be trained as a specialist in the program.
The initiative will be funded as part of the State Government’s $4.6 million Pilbara Partnerships for Student Success education package, announced in January.
Speaking at a Pilbara principals’ conference via video link on Thursday, Dyslexia SPELD Foundation executive officer Mandy Nayton said the “lead teacher” model would build on the progress some schools had already made through the program by extending teachers’ capacity to continue delivering the program.
“(Lead teachers) will be able to do on-site training in the Pilbara, so it will be restricted to the region . . . and they will be able to train up staff who are coming into the school,” she said.
“The end result will be that there will be much greater efficiency and capacity within the schools themselves to maintain and build the Talk for Writing programs.”
Also part of the announcement was that Talk for Writing founder Pie Corbett will deliver a conference about the program in the Pilbara next year.
Education Department Pilbara regional executive director Neil Darby said staff had approached the Government about extending Talk for Writing in the region after seeing improvements in the literacy of students that were part of the earlier trial.
“We saw an improvement in NAPLAN data when compared to the previous five years, and we saw a positive trajectory in those schools that had trialled it and then implemented it well,” he said.