Literacy and numeracy programs making a difference

THE man in charge of state primary education has praised Tamworth schools for their commitment to literacy and numeracy outcomes.

David Cullen, director of early learning and primary education, visited Westdale and Oxley Vale public schools yesterday to observe the success of two programs aimed at boosting students’ results.

As part of the initiatives, identified schools are provided with funding to recruit instructional leaders who work side-by-side to assist teachers in developing their skills.

In addition, real-time literacy and numeracy continuums monitor the performance of all students and highlight which students are struggling to meet expected goals and who require more support.

“The improvements (at Westdale) to date have been been quite stunning,” Dr Cullen said. 

“Across the state the bulk are achieving fantastic outcomes for kids.”

Dr Cullen will visit Gunnedah and Curlewis public schools today.

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