Officeworks’ ongoing partnership with The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) continues to support disadvantaged Australian students. The annual fundraising appeal ‘Wall of Hands’ raised $344,173 in September 2018, providing 1,250 literacy packs to Indigenous students nationally and supporting literacy programs at Gillen Primary School in Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory.
All teachers and support staff in the early childhood team at Gillen Primary have undergone extensive training with ALNF. This training is an Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) accredited Certificate IV (10028NAT) course which combines speech and language pathology and early years education best practice to provide training in direct, explicit instruction in pre-writing, pre-phonics, oral language and vocabulary development and uniquely designed resources to complement and underpin the program.
As a result, more students are reading at an early age and the school’s results are now ranked as ‘substantially above’ similar schools.