Teachers at four remote schools in the Northern Territory have received specialist training to help them deliver additional assistance to develop their students’ literacy skills.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said students at Minyerri School, Wugularr School, Papunya School and Gillen Primary School would be among those to benefit from the Australian Government’s $22 million Flexible Literacy for Remote Primary Schools Programme.
“The alphabetic teaching approaches being used through the Flexible Literacy training, which focus on essential reading skills, are particularly effective for children having difficulty learning to read and who are at risk of developing future reading problems,” Senator Scullion said.
“This initiative is an exciting development in the teaching of literacy to students most in need and is particularly important given it is helping those students in remote parts of the Territory to get the support they otherwise may miss out on.”
The addition of Minyerri, Wugularr, Papunya and Gillen Primary schools to the Flexible Literacy for Remote Primary Schools Programme means there are now 20 Northern Territory schools involved in the programme.
Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, said NAPLAN reading performance in remote Australia was as low as 47.5 per cent but up to 96.2 per cent in metropolitan areas.
“Literacy is the cornerstone of education and it shouldn’t matter where you live or what your background is. That’s why the Turnbull Government is funding literacy training for teachers in areas that are most vulnerable,” Minister Birmingham said.
Senator Scullion said there had been a fantastic response from teachers in the Northern Territory wanting to get involved in Australia’s first large-scale pilot for literacy teaching in remote schools, and focus on essential skills from phonics to vocabulary and comprehension.
“It’s great to see teachers in the Northern Territory engaged in this important work and I commend them on their dedication to ensuring that remoteness is not a barrier to learning to read and write well,” Senator Scullion said.
The Flexible Literacy for Remote Primary Schools programme is the first large-scale pilot of Direct Instruction and Explicit Direct Instruction teaching methods in remote Australia. It is being delivered over four years by Good to Great Schools Australia.
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