Various government programs and initiatives support the development of literacy and numeracy skills, including additional support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
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Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards are an annual competition run by the Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society. The Australian Government contributes through a grant agreement totalling $290,000 from 2021-22 to 2025-26. The competition gives teachers and families a tool to encourage school-aged students to write and engage with poetry in alignment with the Literacy strand of the Australian Curriculum: English. The Awards feature several categories for students of different ages and backgrounds, with prizes for winners and runners-up in each category. The competition is typically open for entries from March to June with the award recipients announced in September.
More information is available at the website of the Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society.
Good to Great Schools Australia Pilot Program
The Good to Great Schools Australia Pilot Program aims to support primary schools in the use of Explicit Instruction to improve the literacy, numeracy and science outcomes of students and increase teacher pedagogical skills.