SPELD Victoria


In the lead up to the state election SPELD is calling on both major parties to commit to an state-wide implementation of the three-tiered Response to Intervention (RTI) approach for literacy in early primary school. 

The statement below from Dr Kate Jacobs at Monash University outlines some of the key issues to be considered. 

SPELD Victoria in collaboration with academics on our Professional Panel our will release a policy on Response to Intervention  in the coming weeks.  Sign up to our enews for updates.   

Letter to the Editor, The Age Newspaper, 24 October 2014

Bentleigh West Primary, along with many other Victorian schools, are to be commended for their commitment to early dyslexia screening (“Families call for dyslexia screening in prep,” 22/10). This is particularly relevant since recent estimates indicate that 52% of Australians aged 15-19 possess inadequate levels of literacy required for everyday functioning in both educational and occupational settings (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2006). While universal early screening is certainly the first step towards increasing Australian literacy levels, this needs to be followed up with systematic and evidence-based monitoring and intervention. State-wide implementation of the three-tiered Response to Intervention (RTI) method would fulfil this need. However, to be successful a significant commitment from the state government is essential to ensure that every Victorian school has the resources required to implement this method effectively. Further, establishment of a formal process of external accreditation and monitoring of RTI schools would go a long way towards ensuring that every student is able to achieve their potential.  Isn’t that the dream of every parent?

Dr Kate Jacobs
Educational Psychologist and Lecturer Monash University 





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The SPELD Victoria AGM will be held

Wednesday,19th of November 2014 at 6.30pm

For more information click the link: The SPELD Victoria AGM

The name SPELD stands for...

SPecific Learning Difficulties Association of Victoria

SPELD Victoria Inc (SPELD) is a not-for-profit organisation providing information and services to children and adults with specific learning difficulties and those who care for, teach and work with them.

We aim to:

To increase community awareness of the nature, extent and consequences of the problems of those individuals who, despite their intellectual ability and adequate educational opportunity, fail to make satisfactory progress in one or more of the following areas:  listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling, calculating and spatial relations.

To lobby politicians to provide the necessary support facilities and educational opportunities to enable children and adults with specific learning difficulties to realise their full potential.

To encourage tertiary institutions to provide thorough education as to the nature and remediation of specific learning difficulties in courses for teachers and other relevant professionals.

 "As a parent of three children with some level of Dyslexia, I wanted to compliment SPELD on your new website. It is easy to navigate and the information is concise and clearly expressed. It is particularly gratifiying to find so much clear information that will be of help to parents...Thank you for making this resource available to parents, teachers and others trying to support kids with Dyslexia".


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