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Early Action for Success – at a glance

Early Action for Success (EAfS) aims to improve students’ performance through targeted support for primary schools in the lowest quartile of NAPLAN performance in literacy and numeracy.

EAfS is the department’s implementation of the following NSW government initiatives:

  • NSW Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan 2012-2016, the NSW Government’s $261 million cross-sectoral commitment over five years to improve literacy and numeracy achievement in the early years of schooling (Phase 1).
  • NSW Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017-2020, the NSW Government’s commitment of $340 million to maintain and extend the focus on early intervention and instructional leadership (Phase 2).

For more information visit the Early Action for Success webpage.

  • November 2019 - Professional learning sessions or ‘roadshows’ held with instructional leaders and K-2 school teams across 10 state wide locations
  • September 2019 – EAfS annual conference for instructional leaders
  • May 2019 – Professional learning sessions or ‘roadshows’ held with instructional leaders and K-2 school teams across 10 state wide locations
  • March 2019 - Action learning projects commenced, to be undertaken across 2019, in instructional leadership, literacy and numeracy for selected schools identified through an expression of interest process
  • February 2019 – Induction conference held for newly appointed instructional leaders and principals
  • December 2018 - Professional learning opportunities for 2019 communicated to EAfS schools – network meetings, professional learning sessions or ‘roadshows’, 2 day instructional leader conference and action learning projects
  • February 2018 – The revised Best Start Kindergarten assessment commenced in all EAFS schools.

In 2012 identified primary schools received a grant for professional learning for their staff and resources to support students in the early years of schooling.  50 instructional leaders were appointed to support building staff skills and knowledge in teaching and assessing literacy and numeracy, and assist teachers to customise interventions for individual students. 310 primary schools were involved by 2015, supported by 224 instructional leaders.

In 2016 the NSW Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017-2020 was announced committing an additional $340 million over 4 years to maintain and extend the focus on instructional leadership.  By 2019 528 primary schools are involved supported by 490 instructional leaders.

21 September 2016

Schools have been selected to be part of EAfS 2017-2020 and receive support in one of the following ways:

  • Clusters of schools with K-2 enrolments of up to 24 students will be supported by shared Assistant Principals Instructional Leadership, Literacy and Numeracy.
  • Schools with K-2 enrolments of between 25 and 150 students are allocated Deputy Principal Instructional Leadership, Literacy and Numeracy on a pro-rata basis. The allocations range from 0.4 full time equivalent (FTE) to 1.0 FTE
  • Large schools with K-2 enrolment above 151 are allocated a 1.0 FTE Deputy Principal Instructional Leadership, Literacy and Numeracy plus an additional allocation depending on K-2 student enrolments
  • The Instructional Leader positions in the 11 Connected Communities schools with K-2 enrolments in EAfS Phase 1 are maintained in Phase 2.
  • Up to 50 non-Early Action for Success Phase 2 schools are able to self-fund instructional leadership positions and staff to participate in the support and professional learning provided through EAfS.

In 2016 evaluation of the NSW Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan  2012-16 was undertaken to demonstrate the impact of EAfS in government schools.

An evaluation of the NSW Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017-2020 is currently underway and expected to be completed in 2021. The aim of this evaluation is to determine whether the objective to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes for K-2 students has been achieved. The evaluation is being conducted by the University of Technology Sydney.

Contact details

literacy.numeracy@det.nsw.edu.au

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