Train­ing to boost lit­er­acy ed­u­ca­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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