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Hobart showcases partnerships in literacy and numeracy.

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The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister for Social Inclusion. Deputy Prime Minister

David Bartlett MP

Tasmanian Premier, Minister for Education & Skills

29 August, 2008

Joint Media Release

Hobart showcases partnerships in literacy and numeracy

In the lead up to National Literacy and Numeracy Week, the Minister for Education, Julia Gillard and

Tasmanian Premier and State Minister for Education, David Bartlett, today paid a visit to Warrane Primary

School in Hobart.

Minister Gillard announced that the Australian Government will contribute $4 million in funding to expand the Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap pilot program in Tasmanian schools.

The pilot program provides targeted support to schools like Warrane Primary to increase the number of

children finishing their primary education with functional literacy and numeracy skills.

Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap promotes the use of evidence to plan and implement a whole-of-school improvement strategy that best suits the needs of the schools students. Professional learning strategies are

also made available to those schools identified as being most in need and teachers will receive support and

targeted training.

In addition, the Australian Government will contribute $154,900 towards the Accelerating Catholic Tasmanian

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Schools to Improve Outcomes in Numeracy program and $154,900 to the In school Consultancy and Support

- Developing Best Practice in Literacy and Numeracy program.

Overall, the Rudd Government will invest $40.2 million in 29 literacy and numeracy pilot projects in schools

across Australia.

These pilots will trial or expand initiatives that exemplify strategies to improve literacy and numeracy

outcomes for those students most in need of support, in government and non-government schools.

Getting the basics right at school is fundamental to helping all Australian students reach their full potential.

These pilot programs will guide literacy and numeracy reform by developing and sharing an evidence-base of

what works.

National Literacy and Numeracy Week is a joint initiative of the Australian and State and Territory

Governments that runs from 1-7 September and aims to raise community awareness of the importance of

developing effective literacy and numeracy skills for all Australians.

Further information about National Literacy and Numeracy Week activities can be found at

The full list of National Literacy and Numeracy pilot programs are at

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