Literacy Support

Literacy Support at Cullinane College

Cullinane College has had effective literacy practice as a focus for teaching and learning for some years now. At the end of 2009 we completed three years in the Secondary Literacy Programme, through the Ministry of Education. During that time we had an in-depth contract with Massey University for ongoing teacher professional development which was provided by Ken Kilpin, the literacy adviser.

This intensive professional development has had a significant impact on teaching planning and practice and all teaching staff are cognisant of their roles as teachers of literacy. It is evidenced base practice where the individual needs of the students are identified using school-wide testing and teacher assessment to plan and cater for those needs. Effective instructional decisions need to be based on quality evidence and ongoing inquiry. Our outstanding ERO report is testimony to the quality of the teaching and learning at Cullinane.

Our school provides a comprehensive range of programmes to provide for the diverse needs of the students. We have a Learning Centre which is run in partnership with Arahunga and renown for it specialised staff and facilities . There they can accommodate students with specific learning needs. SPEC (South Pacific Education Programme) is well established in the school for those who are less academic and enjoy more practical challenging tasks with an individual pathway. The Navigator and Encounter programmes provide for students at risk by building up their self-esteem and self-efficacy by teaching healthy responses and choices. The Literacy Unit provides regular reading and writing support for those who require more confidence and better comprehension skills. This takes place in small Focus Groups and students’ progress is monitored closely. The Maori Literacy class is for year 9 and 10 students whose results in the school wide testing show that they need extra assistance with literacy. This class is a means to teach topics of special interest to Maori students and at the same time enhance their reading and writing skills.

Mary Anne Sleyer
Literacy Support Teacher

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Ph: 06 349 0105
Fax: 06 343 8247
PO Box 5017,
Wanganui 4542