The NSW Centre for Effective Reading has been established to strengthen services previously provided by the joint health and education facility known as Dalwood Assessment Centre and Palm Avenue School.
The Centre supports primary school aged students with complex reading difficulties in rural and remote areas of NSW. This service provides assessment and intervention for eligible students experiencing complex reading difficulties, professional learning for teachers and other key participants, and undertakes research and development in the area of complex reading difficulties. Students referred to the NSW Centre for Effective Reading are those who, despite having previously participated in literacy interventions, demonstrate minimal levels of progress.
Three tiers of support are provided:
Tier 1: Universal Support
Web-based information and resources for all schools focused on making regular classroom, small group teaching and individual interventions more effective for students who experience difficulties in learning to read.
This online resource is available to all schools in NSW.
Tier 2: Targeted Support
Assessment and intervention service targeting multi-disciplinary assessment and intervention resulting in the collaborative development of individual programs and teaching strategies to be implemented by the home student's school.
This service is available for eligible primary school aged students with complex reading difficulties attending schools in rural and remote NSW through the NSW Centre for Effective Reading centres located at Dubbo, Wagga Wagga and Manly.
Tier 3: Intensive Support
The Centre works in collaboration with the assessment service located at the Child Development Unit, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, to provide multi-disciplinary and highly specialised diagnostic assessments, along with an intensive intervention clinic provided by the Centre through its facility at Royal Far West, Manly.
This level of support is available for eligible primary school aged students with the most complex reading difficulties, attending schools in rural and remote NSW.
It is important to note that support services provided in Tiers 2 and 3 are available to eligible schools located well outside the metropolitan areas of Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Tweed Heads. AIS has been in contact with eligible schools, informing them of their access to the Centre’s services.
A link to a summary of frequently asked questions and answers regarding the NSW Centre for Effective Reading is provided along with information about the NSW Effective Reading Centre and how it will operate.