Teacher guide Standing Tall in Literacy and Numeracy

TLF ID S7086

This teacher resource is about a strategy called Standing Tall in Literacy and Numeracy that targets Aboriginal students' transition to the Foundation year and improved achievement in literacy and numeracy throughout the primary years. The strategy was developed by St Joseph's Primary School in Taree, New South Wales. The resource describes the Early Birds and buddy programs to support transition, the use of Literacy Backpacks for Aboriginal families, and the uptake of the Accelerated Literacy Program. The resource discusses the outcomes and the lessons learned, identifies the strategy's research base and provides references and links to relevant readings



Educational details

Educational value
  • The broad strategy outlined in this resource may be of use in supporting the English and mathematics learning areas, particularly in student attainment of the F to 6 achievement standards. The resource notes increased enrolments, improved attendance rates for Aboriginal students, and growth in NAPLAN scores. It is anticipated that these will lead to significant growth in Aboriginal achievement of the achievement standards. The results of the Best Start literacy and numeracy assessments have shown that the early transition-to-school program has had an effect on Aboriginal students' foundational literacy and numeracy skills.
  • The resource is useful in the detail it gives in the Results, Lessons Learned and Next Steps sections about how the overall strategy has improved the school's connection with its Aboriginal families and the region's Aboriginal community and how the transition programs in particular have affected Aboriginal preschoolers. The resource illustrates this well with an Aboriginal education worker's account of the effect of the Early Birds program in improving one boy's skills and readiness for the first year of schooling.
Year level

F; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6

Learning area
  • English;
  • Mathematics
Strand
  • English/Language
  • English/Literacy
  • Mathematics/Number and algebra

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    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
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    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
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    • © 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.