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Trained literacy leaders to boost student performance in Victoria

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Literacy Leader Induction Workshops will be set up in 44 centres across Victoria. Delivered by the Bastow Institute of Education Leadership, the workshops will help principals and teachers boost the performance of students in reading and writing including those at risk of falling behind.

The workshops will commence in Wantirna South on 17 October and conclude with the Moorabbin workshop on 24 November. They are fully funded by the Department of Education and Training and can be booked online here

The one-day workshop provides an introduction to the learning opportunities available to literacy leads and focuses on the leadership dispositions required to undertake a change initiative at a whole school level. Principals and literacy leaders will be given an opportunity to commence initial preparations and conversations within the context of change management, building trust, and data driven decision-making. 

Workshop facilitators are experienced instructional leaders in change management, data literacy and inquiry methodologies. 

The workshops form part of the Andrews Government’s Literacy and Numeracy Strategy and will help schools to reach the governments ambitious Education State targets. This includes increasing by 25 per cent the proportion of students reaching the highest levels in reading, breaking the link between disadvantage and achievement and halving the proportion of students who leave education during Years 9 and 12.

Other features of the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy include the provision of more data on student performance, networks to encourage high-performing schools to share successful teaching strategies, new curriculum specialists and more practical resources for teachers.

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