Building higher performing primary schools through whole school literacy strategies

9:00am, 21st Jun 2018 - 3:00pm, 21st Jun 2018

Diana Rigg

Speld Qld, 141 Merton Road, Woolloongabba, Qld, 4102

$180.00 Members | $225.00 Non-Members

Registration Closed

Event Details

This seminar will explore the practical features of high performing schools; and their investment in consistent implementation of research-based programs and time efficient tracking of student performance that informs classroom teaching. The seminar will explore some of the PLD programs, but will also demonstrate how other teaching materials can be implemented. The session will focus on explicit literacy instruction in conjunction with with well designed tracking. Each person registering will receive a free copy of PLD's best seller 'The Phonic Sight Word Sequence' (which provides a scope and sequence for Preparatory to Year 6). 

The seminar aims to have a broad appeal and is relevant to school leaders, literacy coordinators, Preparatory, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6 teachers. The outcomes for the day have been divided into different areas so as to highlight the potential key outcomes for each person registering.

School leaders and Coordinators will gain an:

  • Understanding of the characteristics of high performing primary schools.
  • Understanding of the processes that school leaders can implement so that teachers can operate more effectively within the classroom.
  • Understanding of the specific research based systematic teaching is required within classrooms and across a school, which facilitates a raise student performance.

Preparatory Staff will gain:

  • An understanding of how students typically learn to decode 1st, spell 2nd and write 3rd.
  • Clarity on the 2 core skills that facilitate decoding, the 3 core skills that facilitate early spelling and the range of skills that facilitate writing.
  • Clarity on how pre-literacy skill development should be scheduled early in the school year, so that the foundations for literacy are established.
  • Options for time efficient pre-literacy tracking followed by time efficient and useful early literacy tracking. Both sets of tracking should then culminate into a plan for skill development over this most important school year.
  • A vision of how to introduce reading, spelling and writing in an early childhood manner so that early literacy learning is enjoyable.

Year 1 & 2 Staff will gain:

  • Options for catering for a range in ability within a junior primary classroom.
  • An understanding of how synthetic phonics and repeated reading of quality texts relates to junior primary classes.
  • Phonic dictation as a medium to transfer phonic concepts into written work.
  • Time efficient decoding and spelling assessments designed to identify the range in ability so teachers can be more focused in their instruction.
  • Options for poor readers, spellers and writers.

Year 3, 4 5 & 6 Staff will gain an: 

  • Undoubtedly there will be a significant range in ability in every middle and upper primary class.
  • How to allocate a proportion of the literacy block to the explicit instruction of spelling and decoding ‘word attack’ skills and also how to facilitate the transference of these spelling words (and ever increasing sophisticated vocabulary concepts) into writing.
  • A synthetic phonics approach for the students operating at a junior primary level.
  • For the stronger students, a phonic-based approach that focuses upon word meanings and opportunities to transfer concepts into writing.

Who is this seminar relevant to?
School leaders, literacy coordinators, Preparatory, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6




Diana Rigg Educator and Speech Pathologist and the Director of PLD Promoting Literacy Development. Ba. Arts (Ed), BaEd, CPP-Dyslexia (UK), MaEd, MaSpPath.

Diana is a teacher, speech pathologist and a parent. Diana combines postgraduate education and speech pathology qualifications with an understanding of the education system. Diana's work aims is to educate and equip those working with 3-11 year old children with specialised techniques, programs and assessment tools. This provides a platform for an innovative and practical approach to literacy.
PLD has been recognised as a recommended SSP (Structured Synthetic Phonics) program nationally by AUSPELD. PLD was also recognised by Professor Louden (2015) in his 'High Performing Schools' research paper for the WA Department of Education.


Schools can Register their Teachers using the Workshop Registration Form below.  Payment can be via credit card (preferred) or Invoice.

Download the Workshop Registration Form


Important Notes 

  1. Payment is required prior to the date of the Professional Development Workshop in order to secure attendance.
  2. For information on our Cancellation and Transfer Policy, please click here.
  3. This workshop contributes to the 10 Queensland College of Teachers continuing Professional Development Requirements. You will receive a certificate on the day of event.