Faculty of Education and Social Work


Projects and partners


Talking Matters is a ground-breaking programme across all community sectors focusing on children’s oral language development in the early years (0-3) to help ensure that Kiwi kids get the best start in life.

Led by Community Education Trust (COMET) Auckland, Talking Matters brings together experts from early learning centres, schools, teacher educators, researchers and health and social service organisations from across the Auckland region to achieve the most educational impact.  

The Marie Clay Research Centre  is a strategic partner of Talking Matters, alongside Counties Manukau District Health Board Ko Awatea.

Talking Matters aligns with the aims of the Marie Clay Research Centre in promoting research and practice in early language/s and literacy learning. Children thrive when adults enter their world by closely observing and listening — seeing the world from this child's point of view — and responding in a way that this child understands that you ‘get’ them.

The Marie Clay Literacy Trust works with the Executive Board of IRRTO to ensure the ongoing quality and relevance of Dr. Clay’s work as it relates to Reading Recovery. The Trust is the authority responsible for both Dr. Clay’s copyrights and her Reading Recovery trademark.

Interesting projects who hold similar values to the Marie Clay Research Centre


The International Literacy Association (ILA) is a global advocacy and membership organization of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers, and experts across 75 countries. Their mission is to empower educators, inspire students, and encourage leaders with the resources they need to make literacy accessible for all.

The New Zealand Literacy Association's beliefs about instruction are based on the principle that all instruction is focused on encouraging students to be motivated and enthusiastic readers and writers. A love of, and belief in, the power of literacy and literature, and a commitment to professional development will help to ensure that all students and teachers become lifelong readers and writers.

The Auckland Literacy Association is a branch of the New Zealand Literacy Association.