Implementing Direct Instruction in Australian Schools

For over a decade, we continue to help schools improve teaching outcomes and empower vulnerable students through Direct Instruction.

'The Power of Direct Instruction' webinar with Noel Pearson

Register now for a free webinar with Noel Pearson on the power of Direct Instruction.

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Date: Wednesday 19 June 2024

Our mission is to develop great teachers delivering effective teaching, often using Direct Instruction programs.

We have developed a number of resources that are free to school teams, that support the effective delivery of Direct Instruction.

Our Direct Instruction supports include professional learning, supplementary curriculum, mapping and guides for using Direct Instruction to for special education.  

DI Program Modules

  • Teach Connecting Math Concepts A-F
  • Teach Spelling Mastery A-F
  • Teach Reading Mastery Signature Edition K – 5
  • Teach Reading Mastery Signature Edition; Language Arts K-5
  • Teach Corrective Reading Decoding A-C
  • Teach Corrective Reading Comprehension A-C
  • Teach DISTAR K
  • Teach Reading Mastery Transformations 4-5 Language
  • Teach Corrective Mathematics
  • Teach Expressive Writing
  • Teach Essential Algebra 6+

DI Practice Modules

  • Practice Administer Program Assessments
  • Practice Use Signals
  • Practice Provide Positive Praise and Affirmations
  • Practice Remediate and Retest
  • Practice Address Specific Group Errors
  • Practice Check for Mastery
  • Practice Administer Independent Work
  • Practice Use Individual Turns
  • Practice Set Up Classroom for Teaching
  • Practice Use Positive Motivation Strategies
  • Practice Apply Improvement and Mastery
  • Practice Engage Students in Learning
  • Practice Model Student Responses
  • Practice Note Responses to Check for Mastery
  • Practice Apply Evidence-Based Learnings
  • Practice Produce Accurate and Timely Data
  • Practice Set Targets and Actions
English and Maths mapping

Mapping Direct Instruction to the Australian Curriculum

We have worked with a range of teaching professionals and authors of the Direct Instruction programs to comprehensively map Direction Instruction to the Australian Curriculum for English and Maths. The programs were mapped at the program level, lesson level and even at the exercise level.

  • English Mapping to the Australian Curriculum
  • Math Mapping to the Australian Curriculum

Supplementary Curriculum

Curriculum that supplements Direct Instruction programs to bring them to Australian Curriculum requirements, such as swapping out US currency for Australian.

  • Oz-e-maths Supplementary Materials Swap-outs for Currency and Measurement; Year F to 5
  • Oz-e-Maths Top-ups Lessons Years F-6
  • Oz-e-English Top-ups F-6
english top ups

Student Progress Tool for Spelling Mastery

The Student Progress Tool for Spelling Mastery assists schools doing schoolwide implementations of the McGraw Hill Spelling Mastery programs. This tool is just one of the many tools GGSA develops to assists schools in their school improvement initiatives.  

It enables schools to record and track lessons for Spelling Mastery programs A to F, enabling teachers to systematically record and track: 

  • Students’ daily attendance. 
  • Daily lesson progress with a weekly lesson summary. 
  • Individual student’s Independent Work scoring. 
  • Individual student’s assessment. 

The completed data sheets can easily be reviewed weekly by the school’s instructional leadership, enhancing their ability to support their teachers and students by using school wide data sets. 

They easily identify which groups or individuals are meeting or exceeding standards and which students or groups may need additional support to succeed. They can also use this data to start to pinpoint which teachers may need additional support in delivering the program and in what areas.  

The professional learning module Teach Spelling Mastery A-F includes a lesson on how to use the Student Progress Tool for Spelling Mastery and the tool itself includes instructions. If you need further assistance, contact 

View the Student Progress Tool for Spelling Mastery

special needs

DI to Support Special Education

Our special education resources support schools using Direct Instruction programs to assist students with special needs.

  • Delivering Special Education with Direct Instruction
  • Supporting Your Child’s Learning Needs


GGSA and McGraw Hill Partnership on Direct Instruction

GGSA is committed to providing school teaching teams with quality professional learning in Direct Instruction. GGSA regularly has special offers for our members to enhance classroom delivery of Direct Instruction.

Click here to see the latest offerings

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Schools receive a discount on MGH products when they partner with GGSA. Just cite your membership code when you contact McGraw Hill.

Join the GGSA network now to take advantage of this offer.

Choose from over 20 Direct Instruction programs by McGraw Hill Australia, tailored for Kindergarten to Year 5. Explore popular programs such as Reading Mastery Signature Edition, Spelling Mastery, and Connecting Math Concepts – used by 100s of Australian schools. 

To order online, visit: To contact your local McGraw Hill Education Consultant, please visit:

Browse Oz-e-science and other subject curriculum resources designed with Direct Instruction to complement the English and Maths programs.
Discover School Improvement Resources and Tools to enhance all effective teaching including Direct Instruction programs.


Explore our Oz-e-maths Top Ups and Swap Outs teaching resources that can be used with Direct Instruction programs to cover the few sections that are not covered by the Australian Curriculum.
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About Direct Instruction

Developed by Siegfried Engelmann in 1968, Direct Instruction’s evidence-based approach has consistently improved education for over 50 years.

It combines explicit teaching with a sequenced curriculum and assessment tools.

Uniquely grouping students by skill rather than age or year, it ensures personalised and effective progression for every learner.

How Direct Instruction Supports Students and Elevates Schools

Direct Instruction effectively meets the diverse needs of students across all performance levels, especially benefiting those with unique learning needs. It’s proven particularly effective for students from disadvantaged, marginalised, or minority backgrounds, helping schools elevate to ‘Fair’ and ‘Good’ standards
Teacher sitting at a table with students explaining a concept using Explicit Direct Instruction methods
Teacher standing at a table with students explaining a concept using Explicit Direct Instruction methods
Direct Instruction is ideal for regional, remote, and small mixed-grade schools, particularly those rated ‘Poor’ to ‘Fair’, where low-performing students often study.

It caters to complex student needs, from foundational reading skills to more advanced learning for older students who may have missed key knowledge in earlier years.

This approach is also beneficial in schools with high teacher turnover, offering new educators well-structured, scripted materials and data monitoring tools for ongoing improvement.

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