WHAT WE DO
The Literacy Challenge
The most recent results from the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) found that 44 per cent of Australian adults lack the literacy skills required to cope with the complex demands of modern life.
These statistics are mirrored in testing of all year 7 students at a Victorian secondary school in 2018 and 2019 and in Australian Bureau of Statistics data across many years.
Why so Many People are Struggling to Learn
Our teaching program is Turning Pages – five manuals and thirty readers – developed specifically for older learners and for use by non-teachers by the Shannon Trust in the UK and used successfully with many thousands of learners. This program follows closely the huge evidence base we have from international research into effective reading teaching.
We have also looked closely at many other organisations helping with literacy difficulties and have been inspired by a number of great ideas and case studies which illustrate that it really is possible to make a big impact on literacy from small beginnings.
How We Work
Learners work one-to-one with a trained reading coach twice a week for 40 minutes, working through the program at their own pace. This can happen in a variety of venues including primary schools, secondary schools and adult learning settings.
All learners are tested before starting and on completion, using standardised tests.
Each teaching venue manages its own volunteers and learners with support from Read Victoria.
Read Victoria runs information sessions, provides training and advises individuals and groups in the wider community about how to make sure everybody learns to read.
Learning to read means people can gain employment. It means they can enjoy success in their work.
They are able to read instructions on medicine bottles, to read to their children and fill in forms; they can read safety warnings and send text messages; they can write a birthday card; they can access education.
Learning to read means that people are able to be fully contributing and fulfilled members of their community.