Faculty of Education and Social Work

Refocus on Reading and Writing

Lift literacy achievement through targeting professional development


Targeted professional development in reading and writing can be customised and delivered according to the specific learning needs of your students and the professional development needs of your teachers. This professional development is available to intermediate and secondary schools, area schools, senior high schools, middle schools and schools not receiving Ministry-funded professional development in literacy.

Subject specific literacy

As students advance through secondary school they need more sophisticated but less generalised literacy skills linked to the specific literacy demands of each subject. These literacy skills are neither easy to learn nor are they always explicitly taught.

When teachers acquire the skills to identify the language demands of their subject area and make these explicit to students, they become better engaged, grasp content knowledge more successfully and feel more confident in expressing their knowledge and ideas.

Focus areas for professional development

Leading literacy learning in your school

Experienced facilitators can help you analyse the current reading and writing practices across your school or within a particular department. They will work with you to develop more effective data collection and analysis, school target setting for literacy, building teachers’ subject specific literacy strategies and pedagogical content knowledge.

Developing literacy leaders
Literacy facilitators will model effective literacy teaching using materials and resources effectively, plus coach your literacy lead teachers to conduct classroom observations and feedback/feedforward.

Sustaining effective literacy practices
Facilitators will work with your school to build sustainability into your literacy professional development so that gains in student achievement can be maintained. Ongoing support for your literacy leaders through online forums and clustered initiatives will be provided.


For more information please contact Cathy Wright to discuss on +64 27 548 5667 or cs.wright@auckland.ac.nz