Catholic Regional College, Melton, a Year 7 to 10 co-educational college, caters for 603 students.
Its Literacy Policy incorporates a number of projects that contribute to its whole-school approach including: MASP (More Able Students Program), SSG (Student Support Group), literacy classes catering for academically weak students and SLIP (Secondary Literacy Improvement Project) to address literacy in mainstream classes through the curriculum literacies.
SLIP began in 2009. The project is data-driven, in that a literacy need is identified through data and improvement is measured using data. The project adopts a model of distributive leadership with individual members of the SLIP team mentoring other staff members in literacy practice and pedagogy. One staff member has a liaison role between the project members and the school leadership.
Action research, one of the underpinning strategies of SLIP, encourages a culture of scaffolded risk taking. The distinct literacies of each domain are addressed. The project has also benefited from the support of external critical experts.
Presenters: Mark Sheehan – Principal; Damian Pentony - Secondary Literacy Improvement Project (SLIP) Leader; Kathryn Sawyer – Director of Learning