Ardoch’s Literacy Support Programs

Strong literacy and language skills are critical to a child’s future educational achievements.  Unfortunately, too many Australian children in disadvantaged communities are lagging behind in this critical area of learning.

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are five times more likely to have low literacy at school than their more advantaged peers, perpetuating a cycle of low educational attainment and poverty (Read About It: Scientific Evidence for Effective Teaching of Reading 2016). One in three children in disadvantaged communities starts at school developmentally vulnerable (Australian Early Developmental Census 2015), and the gap between the language-rich and the language-poor grows over time.

Ardoch has designed a range of programs to improve the literacy and language skills of children. With a focus on early intervention, our programs target children in their early years, being the crucial primary and secondary school years.