Literacy Guarantee - the best possible start for all students

What we’ll do

A Marshall Liberal Government will implement a comprehensive program to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes for all students, with the benefit to be most profound for those students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.

The program will include:

  • literacy coaches with expertise in phonics and teaching students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties
  • phonics checks for all Year One students in South Australia
  • free dyslexia workshops for parents across South Australia – including regional centres not currently serviced
  • Literacy Guarantee conferences providing professional development opportunities for teachers
  • literacy and numeracy testing of any new teaching graduates to be employed in South Australian Government schools
  • reviewing how SACE exams are conducted for students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties
  • making breakfast programs available to every school that needs one.

Why we’re doing it

A strong foundation in literacy for all students is vital for all other levels of education to be successful.

Unfortunately, 2017 NAPLAN results put South Australia lowest in eight of the 20 categories and second lowest in another eight.

Children with dyslexia and other learning difficulties face particularly significant challenges at school which, if not tackled effectively, can hold them back for the rest of their lives.

That’s why we are committed to ensuring all students can achieve strong literacy outcomes.