Students are making impressive improvements in literacy and numeracy at Kingswood Park Public School, thanks to early intervention made possible by NSW signing up to the Gonski Agreement.
Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli and Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres visited the school to see first-hand the benefits of the Early Action for Success program.
The $690,000 investment in the program at Kingswood Park provides students with access to an intervention teacher, an instructional leader, a speech therapist and an occupational therapist.
Mr Piccoli said that the program means the needs of students are assessed upon entry into Kindergarten. Teachers receive classroom-based professional development.
“This is an evidence-based practice. Teachers monitor and track the progress of Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students, and all these students have learning targets,” said Mr Piccoli.
“Staff closely observe student progress and make changes to ensure children who have not progressed as expected get the support they need.”
The school’s improvements in 2015 included:
· 73 per cent of Kindy students reaching grade level standards or higher in numeracy compared to 55% of students in 2013; and
· 88 per cent of Year 1 and 2 students reaching grade level standards or higher in numeracy compared to 43% of students in 2013.
Mr Ayres said that bringing students up to or above the expected standards at a young age has an enormous benefit for future learning.
“Kingswood Park has been involved in Early Action for Success since 2013 and I’m delighted to see the tangible difference it’s having for students,” Mr Ayres said.
“This approach works for all students, those who require extra support and others who are looking to be further challenged and motivated.”
The NSW Government provides funding for the Early Action for Success program which is part of the $261 million commitment to the Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan.