Early Action for Success

Early Action for Success is the department's strategy for implementing the NSW government's State Literacy and Numeracy Plan. It aims to improve students' literacy and numeracy skills through a targeted approach in the early years of schooling.


The strategy began its rollout in May 2012 when identified schools received a grant for professional learning for their staff, resources to support students and the first five instructional leaders began their work in schools. A total of 50 instructional leaders were appointed in 2012.

By 2015, the strategy had expanded to 310 school supported by 224 instructional leaders.

The instructional leaders play a key role in building staff skills and knowledge in teaching and assessing literacy and numeracy. They also assist teachers to customise interventions for individual students.

The NSW Literacy and Numeracy Strategy (2017-2020) commits an additional $340 million over the next four years to maintain and extend the focus on instructional leadership. Early Action for Success (EAfS) Phase 2 will be the Department's implementation of the 2017-2020 Strategy.

Early Action for Success Phase 2 will build on the achievements of the first phase of the strategy, to improve students' performance through a targeted approach in the early years.

Key features of Early Action for Success

  • instructional leadership
  • personalised learning
  • assessment for learning
  • targeted interventions
  • high quality professional learning with a focus on the early years of schooling K-2.


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Contact details

Mr Paul Wood
Assistant Director, Early Learning and Primary Education
9244 5411
Email: Jason.Miezis@det.nsw.edu.au
Level 3, 1 Oxford Street
Darlinghurst 2010