Joint media release with Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham
Principals, teachers and assistant teachers from across the Territory have kicked off the year with intensive training workshops in explicit reading and writing teaching methods that have been proven to be effective in lifting literacy results.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said today principals and teachers from 18 NT schools were among 110 principals and teachers to undertake workshops in Direct Instruction in Darwin this week. The workshops were supported by a $4.5 million investment from the Coalition Government.
“This is a great opportunity for Territory teachers to learn the most effective approaches to education so we can ensure students in our region don’t get left behind,” Senator Scullion said.
“This specialist teacher training from local and international experts will be a particular help to some of the most disadvantaged students in the Northern Territory.
“We know that while a strong level of funding matters, and we have record and growing funding for schools, what matters more is what you do with that funding.
“We’re focused on supporting initiatives in classrooms that are proven to boost student outcomes. Unlike some of our political opponents, we want evidence-based programmes in schools like Direct Instruction. Direct instruction is an explicit approach to teaching literacy with ‘phonics’ and Explicit Direct Instruction adopts the ‘I do, we do, you do’ approach to learning.
“It’s great to see Territory teachers involved in this important training and I commend them on their dedication to ensuring that being from a regional area isn’t a barrier to students learning to read and write well.”
Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, said the support for specialist teaching training in the Northern Territory was one part of the Coalition Government’s ‘back to basics’ reforms for schools.
“We’re ensuring our teachers and schools have the support and programmes in place that are proven to lift student results,” Minister Birmingham said.
“We know that schools and students in regional areas like the NT sometimes face additional hurdles in education, which is why we’re trialling specialist training in Direct Instruction and Explicit Direct Instruction.
“It’s essential for all students to learn to read and write; literacy is the foundation on which you build the rest of your education. It shouldn’t matter where you live or which school you attend.”
Local schools that will benefit from the programme include:
- Alekarenge School, Ali Curung
- Alyarrmandumanja Umbakumba School, Umbakumba
- Angurugu School
- Gapuwiyak School
- Mamaruni School, Minjilang
- Milikapiti School
- Milyakburra School, Bickerton Island
- Minyerri School Minyerri (Hodgson Downs)
- Nganambala School, Emu Point
- Nganmarriyanga School, Palumpa
- Ntaria School, Hermannsburg
- Numbulwar School
- Peppimenarti School
- Pularumpi School, Pirlangimpi
- Tiwi College, Melville Island
- Warruwi School
- Wugularr School, Beswick
- Papunya School
Senator Scullion said the training was part of the Coalition Government’s Flexible Literacy for Remote Primary Schools programme.
“Participating schools will continue to receive support and