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Literacy Data, Assessment and Practice (Secondary)

  • Audience
  • Next Intake
    Not scheduled
  • Location
  • Duration
    9 months
  • Mode
  • Fees
    $550.00 Co-contribution

What is the literacy of your subject?

Literacy Data, Assessment and Practice - Secondary (LDAP - Secondary) is designed for secondary school teachers and focuses on deepening your knowledge of formative assessment in literacy education.

You will leave equipped with the practical tools to improve literacy outcomes using formative assessment to collect, analyse and interpret student data. You will also examine coherent assessment approaches that inform instructional decisions in all areas of the curriculum.

This fully online course will enable you to build student readers, writers, vocabulary users and conversationalists who are motivated and engaged in all subject areas.

You will examine the demands and opportunities for literacy improvement across learning areas, building a better understanding of how to incorporate the literacy of your subject area into your day-to-day teaching.

A variant of this course is also offered for a primary school setting, see  Literacy Data, Assessment and Practice (Primary). 

Both courses are part of our Literacy Suite, which also includes Leading Literacy; Literacy Master Trainer; and Literacy Local Leaders. Literacy Data, Assessment and Practice builds upon Bastow’s other Literacy Suite offerings.

LDAP - Secondary supports the 'Professional leadership' priority area of the Victorian Education State Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO).


Designed for teachers working in the classroom - across all discipline areas, not just English - in Victorian government secondary schools.


LDAP - Secondary is facilitated by educators who have a wealth of in-school experience improving literacy outcomes.

Over approximately 9 months, you are expected to engage in and contribute to:

  • virtual workshops
  • self-directed learning
  • an applied learning project.

The estimated time commitment is between 8 to 10 hours each month.

Virtual workshops

LDAP is structured around 5 learning modules:

  • Module 1: Skills, knowledge and dispositions of data literate educators
  • Module 2: Reading for knowledge and interpretation - understanding and advancing readers in all learning areas
  • Module 3: Writing with purpose and power - understanding and advancing writers in all learning areas
  • Module 4: Unlocking and expressing meaning - understanding and advancing vocabulary users in all learning areas
  • Module 5: Deep thinking aloud - understanding and advancing substantive talk in all subject areas

There is a virtual workshop for each of the 5 learning modules.

Self-directed learning

Self-directed learning in your own time includes:

  • exploring the essential underpinnings of LDAP - Secondary
  • completing micro lessons delivered by subject matter experts
  • undertaking relevant professional reading
  • contributing to online discussion boards
  • exploring literacy resources
  • reflecting on and sharing learnings with your peers.

Applied learning project

By the end of the course, you will have completed an applied learning project focusing on 1 literacy area aligned to your school's Annual Implementation Plan.

The applied project is an opportunity to consolidate your learning, and you will receive feedback and guidance from your facilitator to support post-course implementation.

You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • what it means to be a data-literate educator
  • the demands and opportunities for literacy improvement across learning areas
  • a range of tools that can be used to gather information about students and their literacy learning needs
  • teaching strategies that build students’ literacy skills, enabling them to gain understanding and synthesise knowledge
  • why ongoing formative assessment is crucial for improving student outcomes at the classroom level.

You’ll develop the skills to:

  • create, promote and maintain a whole-school literacy culture
  • implement effective formative assessment
  • gather evidence of students' literacy skills and knowledge, both generic in nature and learning-area specific
  • use evidence to support informed decision making.

The course fees are significantly subsidised by the Department of Education and Training.

Co-contribution: $550 (incl. GST) for each Victorian government school participant. 

See Fees and financial support for more information.

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