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.

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