Every Prep student in government schools will get free books, as part of an ambitious strategy to lift literacy and numeracy outcomes.
From next year, the Prep bags given to every student starting at a government school will include a range of expert-selected books. The bag will include a copy of the new booklet “Literacy and Numeracy Tips to Help Your Child Every Day”.
“A strong foundation in literacy and numeracy is vital for every child and young person and underpins their ability to reach their potential in education and in life,” said Minister for Education James Merlino, announcing the second phase of the State Government’s Literacy and Numeracy Strategy.
He also said that access to free books will encourage a love of reading from a young age, strengthening important literacy skills and expanding children's imaginations.
The first phase of the Strategy included an online Literacy Teaching Toolkit for primary schools. The second phase will support teachers at secondary schools.
The Toolkit provides practical advice and guidance, instructional videos and easy-to-use lesson plans to support teachers to implement the Victorian Curriculum F-10. A new Mathematics Teaching Toolkit will also be available later this year, and there will be new advice about assessing student progress, including a Digital Assessment Library providing real-time feedback on the areas in which students are excelling and where they need more help.
Every school will also have access to expert-led workshops in literacy and numeracy, helping them develop innovative and engaging ways of teaching students these vital skills.