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Teacher guide Improving year 7 literacy performance

TLF ID S7029

This teacher resource describes a successful strategy developed by Seymour P-12 College in Victoria to improve year 7 students' performance in reading beyond the expected maturational increment. This was achieved through changes in timetabling; allocating students to classes based on current reading levels; and reducing the teacher/student ratio for students with the greatest need. The resource is organised in nine sections: Summary; Target student group; Method; Results; Lessons learned; Next steps; Research base; Further reading and links; and Contacts.



Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a valuable resource for teachers and schools seeking to improve their students' attainment of the Literacy general capability and the year 7 English achievement standard in relation to reading. It describes strategies all schools can implement. These include timetabling changes to schedule all year 7 English classes at the same time before recess and organising class composition by reading age.
  • The resource can also reinforce teachers' understanding that improvement in literacy leads to an improvement in motivation. Seymour P-12 College found that their year 7 strategy led to improvements in the self-esteem, work ethic and engagement of students.
Year level

7

Learning area
  • English
Strand
  • English/Literacy

    Other details

    Contributors
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 2014-04-04
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
    • Copyright holder
    • Date of contribution: 2014-04-04
    • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
    • Organisation: Commonwealth of Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL: http://www.australia.gov.au
    Metadata contributors
    • Resource metadata contributed by
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
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    Learning resource type
    • Teacher guide
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    Rights
    • © 2014 Commonwealth of Australia, unless otherwise indicated. This material is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike licence (CC BY-SA 3.0 AU) unless otherwise indicated. You may distribute, remix and build upon this material, provided that you include the acknowledgement '© Commonwealth of Australia 2014' and license under the same terms any new creations you have based on the material.