English maths and science explicit instruction program

Good to Great Schools Australia is supporting up to 20 primary schools to improve the literacy, numeracy and science outcomes of students and increase teacher pedagogical skills. The program is funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Education and supports the Government’s Closing the Gap Implementation Plan from 2022 to 2024. 
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Eligibility criteria for full federal funding: 

  • Australian primary schools.
  • Geographically located in outer regional, remote and very remote areas.
  • Have Indigenous students enrolled at the time of signing onto the program.

Seeking schools to start in 2023  

Participating schools receive tailored programs and support including:  
  • curriculum programs: a collection of ‘ready-to-teach’ lessons and classroom resources that use an explicit instruction pedagogy that any teacher can pick up and successfully teach covering core subjects of English, maths, science.
  • professional learning: a professional learning program for all core school roles to develop their expertise in effective teaching and instructional leadership along with a suite of online modules covering topics on data management, instructional practice, peer professional and collaboration community engagement.
  • school improvement: a toolkit of school improvement resources for schools covering the best international practices of what works to improve schools for schools to implement to ensure they are well supported along their school improvement journey.
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Success of programs 

The program builds on the Flexible Literacy for Remote Primary Schools Program which operated in remote and very remote primary schools from 2015 to 2020.
Twenty-five schools participating in the Literacy in Remote Schools program experienced significant growth in all NAPLAN literacy areas (reading, writing, spelling, and grammar and punctuation) compared with all Australian and all very remote Indigenous schools.
Schools involved in the program from 2015 to 2017 averaged the following growth:
  • 124% in reading, compared to 19% Australian average growth and 34% growth for very remote Indigenous schools
  • 42% in writing, compared to 13% Australian average growth and 24% growth for very remote Indigenous schools
  • 67% in spelling, compared to 23% Australian average growth and 48% growth for very remote Indigenous schools
  • 180% in grammar and punctuation, compared to 15% Australian average growth and 28% growth for very remote Indigenous schools.