Early Action for Success – at a glance

Early Action for Success is the department’s commitment to improving students’ literacy and numeracy performance in the early years of schooling.

The NSW Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017-20 commits an additional $340 million over 4 years to maintain and extend the focus on instructional leadership. Early Action for Success Phase 2 is the department’s implementation of the strategy’s priority to continue to focus on intervention in the early years of schooling.

Early Action for Success Phase 2 aims to improve students’ performance through a targeted approach in the early years by:

  • early identification of the level of attainment in literacy and numeracy of each individual child from Kindergarten to Year 2
  • differentiating teaching practice that focuses on the needs of the individual student
  • using targeted interventions in literacy and/or numeracy according to need
  • ongoing monitoring of student progress against the literacy and numeracy continuums or learning progressions.

For more information visit the Early Action for Success section.

In May 2012, identified schools received a grant for professional learning for their staff and resources to support students. The first 5 instructional leaders began their work in schools and then a total of 50 instructional leaders were appointed in 2012.

By 2015, Early Action for Success had expanded to 310 schools supported by 224 instructional leaders.

The instructional leaders play a key role in building staff skills and knowledge in teaching and assessing literacy and numeracy. They also assist teachers to customise interventions for individual students.

The NSW Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017-20 commits an additional $340 million over the 4 years to maintain and extend the focus on instructional leadership. Early Action for Success Phase 2 will be the department's key implementation of the 2017-20 strategy priority of intervention in the early years or schooling.

Early Action for Success Phase 2 will build on the achievements of the first phase, to improve students' performance through a targeted approach in the early years.

21 September 2016

531 Schools have been selected to be part of Early Action for Success (EAfS) Phase 2 and will 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.
  • Macquarie Park Operational Directorate has three small schools in the Hawkesbury Principal Network and Ultimo Operational Directorate has one in the Wollondilly Principal Network with K-2 enrolments of up to 24 students.
  • Schools with K-2 enrolments of between 25 and 150 students will receive a Deputy Principal Instructional Leadership, Literacy and Numeracy allocated on a pro-rata basis. The allocations will range from 0.4 full time equivalent (FTE) to 1.0 FTE.
  • Schools with an average K-2 enrolment of 151 or above will receive a standard 1.0 FTE Deputy Principal Instructional Leadership, Literacy and Numeracy. Large schools will also receive an additional Deputy Principal Instructional Leadership, Literacy and Numeracy allocation commensurate with average K-2 student enrolments.  Total additional allocations will range from 1.0 FTE to 2.0 FTE in increments of 0.2 FTE.
  • The Instructional Leader positions in the 11 Connected Communities schools with K-2 enrolments in EAfS Phase 1 will be maintained in Phase 2.
  • Up to 50 non-Early Action for Success Phase 2 schools will be able to self-fund instructional leadership positions and staff to participate in the support and professional learning provided through the EAfSstrategy.

The aim of the evaluation is to determine whether Action Plan Phase 2 achieves its objectives to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes for K-2 students. The evaluation will also focus on the role of instructional leadership in schools and which aspects or features of instructional leadership are most effective.

Contact details

Leader, Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan
02 9244 5143
Louise.Stewart17@det.nsw.edu.au

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