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Early Action for Success

Early Action for Success is the Department of Education's strategy to implement the State Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan. The Early Action for Success strategy aims to improve students' performance through a targeted approach for Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2. The strategy relies on high quality instructional leadership combined with a focus on the needs of every student, early intervention and on-going monitoring of progress in literacy and numeracy. Early Action for Success focuses on teaching and learning through quality educational teaching practices and is embedded in the School Plan 2018 – 2020.





Merran Campbell is the school's Instructional Leader who works five days per week. The K-3 teachers and the Instructional Leader are involved in classroom based coaching and work ‘side by side' in the classrooms to continue to improve quality teaching. Together, the K-3 teachers and the Instructional Leader plan engaging learning, support and resources aimed to improve student learning.

The K-3 teachers and the Instructional Leader:

  • apply their professional knowledge to identify the level of attainment of their students and to track student progress
  • plan for and implement effective teaching and visible learning to maintain a supportive learning environment
  • assess, discuss and provide feedback on student achievement
  • engage in professional learning that provides students with well-structured, interesting learning.

Well-resourced and timely professional learning of the K-3 teachers and the Instructional Leader is integral to the Early Action for Success strategy. The continual development of knowledge, skills and capabilities of the staff creates a learning culture in a supportive and collaborative learning environment.

Professional learning includes:

  • interventions, eg Language, Learning and Literacy (L3), and Targeted Early Numeracy (TEN)
  • Language, Learning and Literacy Stage 1
  • quality assessment using the Literacy and Numeracy Continuums
  • quality strategies and support from the Literacy and Numeracy State Team
  • contemporary research, eg Visible Learning by John Hattie

In accordance with the Early Action for Success strategy, the Instructional Leader implements the Plan, Do, See and Adjust Cycle which is a strategic approach aimed at targeted support, ongoing monitoring and sustainable practice. The progress of K-3 students is monitored every five weeks by the Literacy and Numeracy State Team and provides an analysis of the aspects of literacy, eg reading, comprehension and writing; and the aspects of numeracy, eg forward word number sequence, numeral identification and early arithmetical strategies. This feedback assists in measuring the effectiveness of the interventions and guides strategies for optimum learning and best practice. Early Action for Success is evaluated by Erebus International, an external evaluation team, which conducts a longitudinal evaluation of the Early Action for Success strategy's implementation.