Past literacy teaching methods that don’t have a strong evidence base have disadvantaged our learners who need help the most, says NZ literacy expert Professor Gail Gillon.

Talking to 1 News following the launch of the Government’s Literacy & Communication strategy, Professor Gillon – who is A Better Start’s deputy director – said it was imperative that new approaches be grounded in research and evidence.

Professor Gillon co-leads a literacy programme which originated within A Better Start National Science Challenge and is now funded by the Ministry of Education for a national rollout of professional learning and development to new entrant and year 1 teachers.

The Better Start Literacy Approach is now being taught in more than a third of primary schools throughout the country.

Watch the 1 News story HERE