Issue 2 - March 1, 2010 enews home

Literacy and Numeracy Taskforce to drive results

Education Minister Chris Burns

Education Minister Chris Burns

A new Literacy and Numeracy Taskforce is being established as part of the Territory Government’s Smart Territory strategy.

A reference group with representatives from Charles Darwin University, local business, industry and education stakeholders will oversee the work of the Taskforce.

Education Minister Chris Burns said the Taskforce would work with schools across the Territory to focus on driving improvements in the critical areas of literacy and numeracy.

“Literacy and numeracy are the foundations for a strong education and this Taskforce will harness the good work that is already happening in our leading schools and replicate this across the Territory,” Dr Burns said.

The Taskforce will implement the literacy and numeracy strategy, which will include:

• Whole of school approaches to improving literacy and numeracy
• Consistent approaches, materials and assessments
• Early interventions for students that require more support
• Building teacher capability
• Building leadership to deliver an increased focus on numeracy and literacy
• Accountability
• Engaging parents, families and the community.