Improving the literacy and numeracy performance of all Tasmanians remains one of the Department’s highest priorities. The implementation explicitly sets out the priorities, intentions, approaches to teaching and learning as well as progress measures, reflecting a statewide approach to improving the learning outcomes for all students. Every school has an explicit literacy strategy as part of their school improvement plan so that every child’s literacy and numeracy learning needs can be supported.
To support the implementation of the Literacy and Numeracy Framework (2015 – 2017), the Literacy and Numeracy Specialist Teacher Strategy provides 25 staff who work directly with students who require additional support in Years 6-8.
The Literacy and numeracy coaching initiative continues under the Literacy and Numeracy Framework 2018, reflecting the intention to reduce the impact of socioeconomic background on literacy and numeracy performance.
The Government’s LIFT initiative provides additional funding to 80 primary schools to increased parent and family engagement and support students’ literacy and numeracy progress.
In 2017 the Department initiated the Middle Years Project which supports associations of schools to explore teaching and learning models which focus on literacy improvement and assist students in transitioning from primary to high school. Currently there are 12 associations funded through this initiative.
The implementation of the Australian Curriculum is underpinned by a continual focus on literacy and numeracy across all areas of the curriculum and is a key component of the Tasmania’s Literacy and Numeracy Framework 2018