Trained Literacy Leaders To Boost Student Performance

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring all Victorian students have access to the best literacy teaching standards.

Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that every government primary school will have a trained literacy leader, with new workshops available for teachers and principals.

The Literacy Leader Induction Workshops will be set up in 44 centres across Victoria. Delivered by the Bastow Institute of Education Leadership, the workshops will help principals and teachers boost the performance of all students in reading and writing including those at risk of falling behind.

Principals and literacy leaders will spearhead literacy programs at their schools and provide novel ways of teaching students the foundation skills they need to succeed.

The workshops form part of the Labor Government’s Literacy and Numeracy Strategy and will help schools to reach ambitious Education State targets.

This includes increasing by 25 per cent the proportion of students reaching the highest levels in reading, breaking the link between disadvantage and achievement and halving the proportion of students who leave education during years nine and 12.

Other features of the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy include the provision of more data on student performance, networks to encourage high-performing schools to share successful teaching strategies, new curriculum specialists and more practical resources for teachers.

The Government has invested $5 billion to make Victoria the Education State, improving outcomes for every student, in every classroom, in every school and for all communities.

For more information about the workshops, visit: www.bastow.vic.edu.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“These workshops will help principals and teachers raise the reading and writing standards of students right across Victoria.”

“Every single student deserves to have the best opportunities to improve their performance in the classroom and we are supporting our schools to do just that.”