A new professional support for literacy specialists and teachers of Years 1 to 3 will be available from January 2021. The first round of support will focus on teachers of new entrants and Year 1.

Better Start Literacy Approach | Te Ara Reo Matatini (BSLA), delivered by the University of Canterbury, is an integrated approach to developing vocabulary, oral, listening, spelling, writing and reading skills in the first year of learning, utilising the Ready to Read Phonics Plus texts. It focuses on the link between spoken and written language, supporting children’s phonological and phonic awareness, letter-sound knowledge and oral language.

In late-January 2021, schools, Kāhui Ako and clusters can apply for Ministry support for BSLA for their literacy specialists and teachers of new entrants and Year 1. Literacy specialists include RTLits, Kāhui Ako Across-School lead, Across-School Literacy lead (cluster), school literacy leads, Learning Support Coordinators and RTLBs with a literacy background.

More information about the support and how to apply will be published on the PLD website, the Education Gazette and the Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders in early-2021.

For more information on BSLA support, visit the University of Canterbury’s website.  

For more information on the Ministry’s early literacy approach, visit the Literacy Online website on TKI.

 

BSLA

A new professional support for literacy specialists and teachers of Years 1 to 3 will be available from January 2021. The first round of support will focus on teachers of new entrants and Year 1.

Better Start Literacy Approach | Te Ara Reo Matatini (BSLA), delivered by the University of Canterbury, is an integrated approach to developing vocabulary, oral, listening, spelling, writing and reading skills in the first year of learning, utilising the Ready to Read Phonics Plus texts. It focuses on the link between spoken and written language, supporting children’s phonological and phonic awareness, letter-sound knowledge and oral language.

In late-January 2021, schools, Kāhui Ako and clusters can apply for Ministry support for BSLA for their literacy specialists and teachers of new entrants and Year 1. Literacy specialists include RTLits, Kāhui Ako Across-School lead, Across-School Literacy lead (cluster), school literacy leads, Learning Support Coordinators and RTLBs with a literacy background.

More information about the support and how to apply will be published on the PLD website, the Education Gazette and the Ministry Bulletin for School Leaders in early-2021.

For more information on BSLA support, visit the University of Canterbury’s website.  

For more information on the Ministry’s early literacy approach, visit the Literacy Online website on TKI.

 

BSLA