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Flexible Literacy for Remote Primary Schools Programme

Good to Great Schools Australia is excited to be implementing the Australian Government’s Flexible Literacy for Remote Primary Schools programme over the next three years through its Great Teaching literacy programme.

The Government is providing funding for up to 40 primary schools in remote areas of Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory to take part in the programme. It aims to improve the literacy results for students in the participating schools as well as increase the skills of teachers in explicit instruction.

Good to Great Schools Australia’s (GGSA) expert team of local and international coaches and trainers will be providing instructional training to the schools in January. The schools will continue to be supported with on-going instructional coaching from GGSA during 2015-2017.

Some of the schools will be implementing Direct Instruction (DI) and others will be implementing Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI). Both instructional approaches are highly structured and focus on delivering lessons in a systematic way so that no students are left behind. Backed by extensive research, they are proven to be effective in responding to the unique needs of remote schools and accelerating student outcomes.

Good to Great Schools Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that supports schools to transition from Poor to Fair, Fair to Good and Good to Great. Its full comprehensive 5C education programme is showcased in the Cape York Academy schools of Aurukun, Coen and Hope Vale. Chairman Noel Pearson said, “These schools are the most remote and amongst the most disadvantaged in Australia.They represent the most challenging schools to support in the entire Australian school system.But these schools and the teachers and principals that serve them represent the best hope for these children and their communities having a future.”Everyone associated with the program has been working very hard these past sixmonths getting ready for the roll out in the New Year.

We are both hopeful and excited, as well as clearly aware of the challenges and the hard work in front of us.”I am especially pleased that some our coaches who will be working with the schools at the frontline are graduates of our program in Cape York. These teachers have gained much expertise and experience in DI and EDI, and they are now in a position to coach their colleagues in these schools across remote Australia.

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