Let’s make Literacy PLD a priority in your school 

Effective literacy learning requires schools to implement coherent and strategic approaches across oral language, reading and writing.

Cognition Education’s Literacy PLD framework has been designed to support schools in identifying weaknesses in their school literacy DNA and assessing opportunities for improvement.

Our framework is aligned to the National PLD Priorities and cross-cutting themes; Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Kaupapa Māori, Critical Consciousness and Whakawhāiti. This enables our literacy team to support leaders and teachers to build school-wide literacy capability that is sustainable, equitable and reflects Aotearoa | New Zealand’s diverse communities and perspectives.


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What we do

Our approach leverages the diversity of the communities we work with, in order to grow learners’ identity and self-efficacy.

    We support schools to make informed decisions using The Cognition Way: Discover, Design, Deliver, Evaluate (DDDE) process. Our support helps schools to evaluate current capabilities and practices then create a system that allows for informed choices about approaches that are culturally and contextually relevant for their learners.

    We use a range of tools to identify areas of strength and to develop an effective programme of professional learning focused on the area/s that will lead to the most improvement. Your Literacy PLD approach will be uniquely effective for your school.

    Our evidence

    Literacy educators have known for a long time that reading and writing skills are very strongly connected and that oral language… is one of the foundations of early literacy. Having skills in listening, talking, viewing, drawing and critiquing are all important precursors to developing skills in reading and writing.

      In 2018 NZCER researchers conducted a study aimed at identifying common features of schools who had shown significant improved literacy achievement. They published their findings in a 2019 report; Exploring Literacy – How six schools lifted literacy achievement.”

      The report suggests there are three essential elements that combine to create a framework to support progress in literacy achievement:

      • a well-defined, positive school culture
      • a strategic focus on literacy combined with whole-school PLD
      • coherence of purpose, where the school community works collaboratively as a team towards a commonly understood goal.


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