I would like to welcome you to our school site.
In 2010 our school attained Independent Public School (IPS) status and this has enabled us to direct resources and employ staff to present programs that are directly beneficial to the needs of our students.
I am proud of the achievement of our staff and students. The school’s academic standards have dramatically improved and the school, with parent support, takes strong action on behaviour that is not acceptable. This could not have happened without the efforts of our dedicated staff and supportive parents. Our teaching and learning was recognised in the Grattan Institute research that was released in February 2014. What made our case-study interesting is that we had changed the way that our teachers teach (from strongly student-centred, to a more balanced teacher-centred pedagogy) and this made the front page of The Australian (22 February 2014), and page 23 of The West Australian. This was followed on the front page of the West Australian on Thursday June 12th, 2014
The world-class programs we have in place at Ellenbrook PS focus the teaching and learning that have led to our academic improvement. Our teachers and para-professionals explicitly teach the skills required to extend students’ learning, and our programs provide the frameworks that ensure a full year’s work, that exceeds national standards, is undertaken. Our reading program strongly endorses the five keys of good reading (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/five-from-five-we-can-end-the-reading-wars/news-story/6219c373b7c3edf7f9381e3f9a4b5474), and our Prime Maths program is based on Singapore maths (http://www.afr.com/news/policy/education/xx-20160308-gndk9s).
The behaviour of our students and the efforts made to develop the facilities of our school have provided an increasingly safe learning and playing environment. This is a school where our students, staff and parents must feel safe and valued.
In March 2015 the Director General of Education in Western Australia (Sharyn O’Neill) advised me that our school had been identified as one of eight schools (out of 750) that had been selected in a research project designed to investigate our academic success:
Ellenbrook Primary School
65 Fortescue Place
ELLENBROOK WA 6069
4th March 2015
I have recently requested that Emeritus Professor Bill Louden undertake an investigation of the circumstances in place in a small selection of primary schools where sustained improvement in students’ literacy and numeracy outcomes is apparent. I am pleased to tell you that your school is one of eight that is proposed to participate in this investigation, and I write to ask for your cooperation. The project will investigate and report on the school operations and pedagogical practices in place in your school that you consider important the success you have led.
Professor Louden would like to visit your school site during Term 1, 2015 and will contact you in the near future to confirm the dates and to discuss the details of his investigation. He will propose that, prior to his visit, you send him electronic copy of relevant school planning documentation. During his time on your school site he requests that he:
- undertake a 90 minute interview with you and one other staff member who has been involved with literacy and numeracy improvement program; and
- undertake 20 minute observations in three classes chosen by you.
Professor Louden’s report will provide exemplary case studies that will support literacy and numeracy improvement in other schools. The report will also provide evidence that will guide the Department’s strategic directions in regard to the teaching of literacy and numeracy. I am sure you will see the significance of this work and I thank you for your cooperation.
The Department’s contact person for this research is Ms Karren Philp, Manager, Literacy and Numeracy Support branch, Statewide Services. Please feel free to contact her on 9402 6127 or at Karren.Philp@education.wa.edu.au should you have any questions or concerns about this project.
Professor Louden’s report can now be read at this link: 2015 (December) Louden copy for circulation We are School F.
We want all of our students, parents and staff to value their time at Ellenbrook Independent Primary School. Best wishes,
Dr Neil MacNeill M.Ed., M.Ed.Admin., PhD, EdD, FACEL.
Grattan report: http://grattan.edu.au/publications/reports/post/turning-around-schools-it-can-be-done/