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Australian Government’s response – ‘Helping people with dyslexia: a national action agenda’

After much consideration the Australian Government has released their response to the Dyslexia Working Party’s report ‘Helping people with dyslexia: a national action agenda’ which was submitted in January 2010. The Australian Government’s response was received in September 2012 and can be downloaded here.

Review of the Disability Standards for Education

Review of the Disability Standards for Education

The final report on the Review of the Disability Standards for Education and the Australian Government Response were released on the 1st of August

SPELD(SA) Longitudinal Study of the Effects on Reading and Spelling of a Synthetic Phonics and Systematic Spelling and Grammar Program

In 2010, SPELD(SA) commenced a 13-year study to investigate what effect the systematic teaching of synthetic phonics, and a systematic spelling and grammar program had on students in the first three years of school.

Neil MacKay – ‘Improving Outcomes for Struggling Students’ workshop resources

All materials made available to attendees of the Neil MacKay workshops

The Gonski Report – Implications for students with learning disabilities

The report provides substantial evidence of the significant gap in and across Australian schools between the highest and lowest performing students.

Tony Piccolo MP Indicates Government’s Support to Help Children with Specific Learning Difficulties

SPELD (SA) along with the Dyslexia Action Group – Barossa, Gawler and Surrounds have gained some much needed recognition in parliament through Member for Light, Tony Piccolo. Below is a speech made by Tony Piccolo MP to the South Australian parliament on the 28th of March 2012. Mr PICCOLO (Light) (16:09): Today, I would like […]

Neil Mackay – International Presenter to Provide Great Opportunity for Teachers and Parents

Neil is known for his ability to bring the classroom into his training and for providing lively, entertaining and thought provoking opportunities for teachers…

The ‘Raising Children Network’ – A Great On-line Resource for Parents

This award winning website is targeted at providing assistance to parents of all children and contains some very useful information on how to help parents support children with learning difficulties. With interactive tutorials, discussion forums and an extraordinary amount of information this website will help any parent, not just those of children with learning difficulties, […]

Working Towards a Nationally Consistent Approach to the Collection of Information on Students with a Disability

A recent report produced by PricewaterhouseCoopers under contract of the Department of Education has provided some good news for those with learning disabilities. In 2008, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to work towards a nationally consistent approach to the collection of information on students with disability. This approach took the form of a […]

Study into the Early Childhood Development Workforce By the Productivity Commission

SUBMISSION   Those in the ECD Workforce play a critically important role in potentially influencing the development of oral language, memory, fine and gross motor skills, pre-literacy and literacy skills of the children with whom they work. High quality, extensive training – detailing the knowledge, skills and understandings relevant to children’s early childhood development is […]