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Oral Language

Clayton View Primary School, WA

Before a child can learn how to read or write, they need to be able express themselves orally. Children who begin their education with oral language deficits are getting off on the wrong foot – research shows they are significantly more likely to perform poorly in reading and numeracy later in school, and have a higher likelihood of emotional and behavioural issues.

Clayton View Primary is a school in Perth’s outer suburbs; its community faces many complex social problems such as poverty, domestic violence, drug abuse and poor mental health. Data from the start of 2018 shows more than 90 per cent of students do not demonstrate age-appropriate oral language skills when they enrol. The school has made the development of these skills its highest priority, to ensure its 150 students can fulfil their potential at primary school and beyond.

Through this project, your support will help the school engage one of Australia’s leading oral language specialists to upskill teachers, giving them the skills, confidence and knowledge to work in a more targeted fashion to develop students’ speaking skills. The project will also involve parent workshops to develop their ability to help improve oral language interaction at home. Clayton View Primary will share its experience with other schools in its network, inviting teachers in to its classrooms to observe the new approach. This project is expected to substantially boost oral language skills among some of the state’s most disadvantaged students, improving academic progress across all curriculum areas.

$17,105

Raised of $33,333.33 Goal

2 Supporters

Clayton View Primary School

KOONGAMIA, WA

www.det.wa.edu.au/schoolsonline/overview.do?schoolID=5793

Before a child can learn how to read or write, they need to be able express themselves orally. Children who begin their education with oral language deficits are getting off on the wrong foot – research shows they are significantly more likely to perform poorly in reading and numeracy later in school, and have a higher likelihood of emotional and behavioural issues.

Clayton View Primary is a school in Perth’s outer suburbs; its community faces many complex social problems such as poverty, domestic violence, drug abuse and poor mental health. Data from the start of 2018 shows more than 90 per cent of students do not demonstrate age-appropriate oral language skills when they enrol. The school has made the development of these skills its highest priority, to ensure its 150 students can fulfil their potential at primary school and beyond.

Through this project, your support will help the school engage one of Australia’s leading oral language specialists to upskill teachers, giving them the skills, confidence and knowledge to work in a more targeted fashion to develop students’ speaking skills. The project will also involve parent workshops to develop their ability to help improve oral language interaction at home. Clayton View Primary will share its experience with other schools in its network, inviting teachers in to its classrooms to observe the new approach. This project is expected to substantially boost oral language skills among some of the state’s most disadvantaged students, improving academic progress across all curriculum areas.

Clayton View Primary School

KOONGAMIA,

www.det.wa.edu.au/schoolsonline/overview.do?schoolID=5793