Little school with big ambition

DUNALLEY Primary School continues to strive for excellence, by securing several pilot programs to ensure staff and students gain access to the most up-to-date evidence-based programs supported by the Department of Education.

In 2020 Dunalley Primary was selected to trial and test the internal audit tool for the National Quality Standard in Kindergartens validation process.

This focussed on the school providing evidence for the seven quality areas which are classified as important for developing positive outcomes for all children in the early learning setting.

These quality areas are also a priority in the DoE Strategic Plan relating the Early Learning. Through the dedication and hard work of kinder teacher Eliza-Kate Turvey and supported by the skilled teacher assistants and principal Clare McVilly, Dunalley Primary recently undertook the NQS validation process.

The results were fantastic and the work that was produced will now be used to support other kindergartens throughout Tasmania as a benchmark when working toward their NQS validation process.

During 2021 the school has also been successful in becoming one of only 19 schools across the state to apply and be selected to work as part of a Numeracy Pilot Program.

The school is fortunate to be able to work closely with other pilot schools in the south, Rokeby and Howrah Primary School under the guidance and expertise of Dr Louise Hodgson.

The focus is to continue to build a systematic delivery of curriculum from Kinder to Year 6 with a priority on developing student problem-solving skills in mathematics.

This priority aligns with the Australian Curriculum Review, due to be endorsed at the end of 2021, which enables teachers to help students become self-motivated, confident learners.

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