K-2 Action Plan
The first few years of school are a critical time for learning literacy and numeracy skills. We know that learning these skills early can limit the impact of disadvantage and improve student performance in the later years of school.
What is the K-2 Action Plan?
The K-2 Action Plan focuses on schools with students in Kindergarten to Year 2 who are most at risk of falling behind. It began in 2012 to help address disadvantage across NSW schools and increase literacy and numeracy performance by the time students get to Year 3. Schools at risk receive support through:
- instructional leadership
- tiered interventions to meet the diverse needs of students
- teacher professional development.
Under the strategy, the K-2 Action Plan will continue for another four years in a greater number of schools, and funding will be increased:
- from 2012 to 2016, the plan provided $261 million across 448 schools
- from 2017 to 2020, the plan will provide $340 million across 668 schools.
The benefits of early intervention
Research shows us that the first few years of school have a significant and long term impact on a child’s education. The years K-2 are a window in which children develop the literacy and numeracy skills needed to carry them into upper primary and secondary school. Evidence on the benefits of early intervention can be found in a report on the CESE website.