Hopefully next week I will be able to send home this year’s Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) if it is approved by my Assistant Regional Director (ARD). It will be a little different this year, but I will talk about that more when it is sent home. In the mean time I will remind you about our 4 priority areas. The first is literacy and numeracy covering reading, spelling and number; reading being the most important of all. The second area is the departments “Unit in Our Pursuit of Excellence” agenda. This covers such things as explicit teaching, implementing the National Curriculum, Junior Secondary, which includes the move of Year 7 into the high school. Our third priority area is Closing the Gap (CTG) between indigenous outcomes, attendance, etc. The fourth area is what we refer to as Conditions of Learning, the A, B, C – attendance, behaviour & confidence (the latter including partnerships). As much as the four priorities go from one to four in priority of importance, they are dependent on each other to be successful. For example, if children are not attending school how can they possible achieve our top priority for them of being able to read.
What can you do to help at home? Please take the time to refamiliarise yourself with last year’s AIP in preparation for this year’s. When you get this year’s look for what our new targets are and how we aim to achieve these. If there is something you don’t understand, either ask at a P&C meeting (as you may not be the only one who needs some clarification) or ask me directly.