Learning MATTERS news
School News | Term 4, 2023Literacy is a fundamental building block for children's educational achievement, their future employment prospects, and their engagement with society outside of school.
School News | Term 3, 2023Ensuring every child receives the necessary support to develop the foundational literacy skills to access their learning can be a complex endeavour, particularly when addressing diverse needs.
School News | Term 2, 2023Whole school PLD focuses are much more likely to lead to consistent, shared knowledge and practice.
School News | Term 1, 2023Understanding ‘Why’ and knowing 'How' we learn to read is vital to be able to support students with a literacy learning difference such as dyslexia.
School News | Term 4, 2022“When reviewing existing programs, or when surveying alternative options, I strongly encourage schools to research providers that build teacher knowledge.”
School News | Term 3, 2022"We must aim for no exclusion by recognising the diversities and responding with a consistent, evidence-based approach." Read Carla's article on a consistent approach.
Education Gazette | March 2022A structured literacy approach is plugging foundational gaps, with fewer children requiring extra support at Holy Family Catholic School, Wanaka.
School News | Term 1, 2022Understanding ‘why’ and having knowledge and tools that align with 'how' we learn to read is vital to be able to put in place the appropriate evidence-based action, strategies and support.
School News | Term 3, 2021 "Learning takes place when you feel safe to engage and when you feel supported." Read Carla's article on building an inclusive literacy environment.
Structured Literacy in the news
24th May 2023A short doco from 'Paddy Gower Has Issues' that looks at New Zealand schools falling behind in international literacy rates
17th August 2022NZ Herald education reporter Dubby Henry joins Damien to discuss how New Zealand country can fix a systemic education crisis.
19th July 2022Hear Dr Michael Johnston discuss the results of a pilot of the new literacy and numeracy assessments for NCEA.
13th July 2022Olwyn Johnston talks on Breakfast about why New Zealand needs to look to an "evidence based" approach to improve literacy and numeracy.
24th March 2022Dr. Chrissie Braid of Massey University discusses the research, stressing the importance of a systematic explicit way of teaching literacy (structured literacy), and highlighting how it caters for all learners.
22nd March 2022Tracy Karanui-Golf and Regan Orr on TVNZ 1 Breakfast discussing the results they have witnessed with the implementation of Structured Literacy.
26th November 2021Link to an independent, thorough, and comprehensive report from The New Zealand Initiative which unveils New Zealand’s literacy problem.
12th August 2021 Further coverage on TVNZ1 discussing that Structured Literacy is an approach that benefits ALL and is ESSENTIAL for some.
4th August 2021 Coverage on TVNZ 1. John Campbell discusses Structured Literacy with Lifting Literacy Aotearoa chairperson Alice Wilson and Kaiapoi Primary School principal Jason Miles.