Literacy (primary level)

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Literacy (primary level)

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Topic summary

Research reviews

Literacy: Why it matters

The importance of literacy is promoting a wide range of outcomes in education and beyond

How to plan for whole-school literacy

Priorities and guidelines for developing a school-wide literacy policy.

Theories of early literacy development

An overview of the key theories that describe how children develop the language and cognitive skills that underpin the process of reading and writing

Literacy and assessment

Understanding what to measure and how and why to measure it when evaluating students’ learning in early reading and writing

The pedagogy of reading

An overview of the key principles in teaching early reading

Turning boys of all ages into life-long readers

Research-based strategies for encouraging boys to read for enjoyment.

Effective writing instruction in the junior primary years

An introduction to the essential components of early writing instruction

Effective writing instruction in Years 3-8

How to build on early writing instruction in the middle and upper primary years

Teaching spelling in primary and intermediate schools

Key principles and strategies for teaching spelling across all levels of primary school.

Effective vocabulary instruction

The importance of vocabulary knowledge and how to teach it in literacy programmes and across the curriculum.


Using Comparative Judgement to improve writing

Daisy Christodoulou discusses how comparative judgement can help schools improve students’ writing.

Improving the coherence of literacy learning from ECE to Year 13

Teachers from Pupuke kāhui ako discuss their work to improve the continuity and coherence of literacy learning from early childhood education to Year 13.

Improving writing instruction across primary and secondary school

Teacher Jeanette Breen discusses what is most important for students to learn in their writing journey from Primary to Secondary

Writing in a digital age

Professor Emerita Naomi Baron from American University returned to talk about the research into digital technologies and writing, and to share insights from her newest book

Supporting oral language in primary schools

Emma Nahna joined us for a follow-up webinar to explore in more detail strategies teachers can employ to support oral language development across the primary school years

Reading in the digital age

Professor Emerita Naomi Baron of American University discussed the extensive research from the past decade that has explored the nature and impact of reading digitally



An introduction to the Comparative Judgement approach to marking writing

An innovative but highly reliable approach to marking writing.

What teachers need to know about digital reading

The key insights from our webinar with Professor Naomi Baron on the research into reading print versus digital texts.

Why oral language is foundational for literacy

Powerful practices for building oral language capability from our webinar with speech language therapist Emma Nahna

School-wide approaches to building oral language confidence and capability

Teachers from Burnside Primary share the findings of their multi-year focus on supporting and improving oral language in the early primary years

Teaching writing at primary school

A summary of some of the key insight's from Helen Wall's highly informative webinar on teaching writing

Burnside Primary School Bright Spots Report

A written report discussing the work being done at Burnside Primary School with a focus to develop students’ confidence and competence to communicate through a school-wide initiative to improve the teaching of oral language.

Why is literacy important?

Exploring the importance of literacy at school and in life beyond school.
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