Literacy and Numeracy Strategy – at a glance

The NSW Literacy and Numeracy Strategy ensures students have the essential literacy and numeracy skills they need for success in learning and in life.

The strategy is a 4-year plan comprising five key elements:

  • a continued focus on intervention in the early years of schooling
  • clear guidance on explicit teaching and better, faster diagnostic assessments
  • more support for literacy and numeracy in secondary schools
  • quality training for teacher education students in literacy and numeracy
  • rigorous evaluation to focus investment and effort on what works.

For more information visit Literacy and Numeracy Strategy.

  • 16 October 2017 – Professional learning for the learning progressions and revised Best Start Kindergarten Assessment began for Early Action for Success schools.
  • 10 August 2017 – Trials for revised Best Start Kindergarten Assessment began in Early Action for Success schools.
  • 19 July 2017 – Trials for the learning progressions began in Early Action for Success schools.
  • 2 June 2017 – Evaluation of the NSW Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan 2012-2016 released (see review section).
  • 21 September 2016 – Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017-2020 (PDF 1222.53KB) released.

The strategy has been developed as an extension of the 2012-16 State Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan. In 2012, the action plan committed $261 million to support students in Kindergarten to Year 2 whose literacy and numeracy development was at risk.

The evaluation of the 2012-16 action plan provided some important lessons to inform its next phase. In particular, the importance of:

  • targeted support from schools sectors
  • school leadership
  • instructional leaders
  • quality teaching
  • data analysis and formative assessment.

The Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017-20 commits an additional $340 million over 4 years to maintain our focus on early intervention across all 3 school sectors. It also commits NSW schools to a relentless focus on explicit teaching and high expectations for all students, by extending our literacy and numeracy focus up into secondary schools.

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Initiatives under the strategy have been informed by extensive research, trials and consultation.

Action plan schools will begin using the national literacy and numeracy learning progressions and revised Best Start Kindergarten assessment in Term 1, 2018. The implementation process and timelines beyond action plan schools will be determined by each sector.

Learn more about the implementation timeline for public schools.

Current evaluations

The Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) is currently evaluating the effectiveness of two literacy programs in public schools – MiniLit and Language, Learning and Literacy (L3) –  as well as a numeracy program called Targeted Early Numeracy (TEN).

Past evaluations

Future evaluations

  • An independent evaluation of  the K-2 Action Plan 2017-20 will be commissioned.

Contact details

02 9244 5411

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