63460_4774Welcome back to 2013.  We hope everyone had a good break, and look forward to an exciting year ahead.

In line with our commitment to offering the best possible service, our team has spent this month developing more upgrades for 2013, including preparations for the introduction of iPad compatible Grammatikus, which will be available in Term 2, 2013.

Considered an essential foundation for life, literacy has been recognised by the Federal Government as a priority for funding. Between 2008-2012, the Smarter Schools National Partnership for Literacy and Numeracy (NPLN) initiative provided $540 million to implement strategies and improve both literacy and numeracy. The focus of these strategies included the quality of teaching and the effective use of student performance information to flag areas of concern and provide adequate support.

Analysis of NAPLAN tests between 2008-2011, showed that 80% of participating schools improved their number of students achieving above the national minimum standard. Indigenous students made the biggest gains in reading and numeracy.

As a result, the federal government is providing additional funding for 2013 to build on those previous strategies and continue to reduce Australia’s tail of underachieving students. This program is called the National Partnership for Improving Literacy and Numeracy (ILNNP).