The Australian Curriculum states that:

Literacy involves students listening to, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating oral, print, visual and digital texts, and using and modifying language for different purposes in a range of contexts. Literacy encompasses the knowledge and skills students need to access, understand, analyse and evaluate information, make meaning, express thoughts and emotions, present ideas and opinions, interact with others and participate in activities at school and in their lives beyond school.

Students in Canberra public schools access the Australian Curriculum from kindergarten to Year 10, and the senior secondary Australian Curriculum has been integrated into BSSS accredited courses for Year 11 and 12 students. This provides ACT students with equitable and supportive curriculum to develop literacy understanding, knowledge, and skills.

A National Literacy Learning Progression aligned to the Australian Curriculum: English was released by ACARA in 2018.

Chief Minister's Reading Challenge (CMRC)

The ACT Chief Minister's Reading Challenge (CMRC) promotes a love of reading for students from preschool to year 8. The challenge is for students to read 15 books of their choosing between term one and term three, be they fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or books in languages other than English.

For more information or to register your school, please visit the Chief Minister's Reading Challenge website or email

School Improvement: Writing (Secondary) Project

The School Improvement: Writing (Secondary) project is a comprehensive research-based project designed to strengthen teachers’ pedagogical knowledge in the teaching of writing.

With the support of the Directorate, Associate Professor Misty Adoniou is working with schools by providing literacy workshops and resources while also guiding teams of teachers through action learning projects. Alongside a focus on implementing effective, evidence-based literacy practices and strategies, teachers and school leaders from across the ACT are sharing their learning as they enhance the collective understanding of the teaching of writing in secondary schools.

13 secondary schools are participating in the project, with involvement from school leaders and teachers across all subject disciplines. Action learning projects will be shared with Directorate teachers upon their conclusion.

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