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Partners in Literacy and Numeracy (PLaN)

Here at ECU in the School of Education we provide a wide range of rich and rewarding opportunities for our Pre-service Teachers to combine the latest theory with hands-on, practical experiences. Partners in Literacy and Numeracy or PLaN is a new School of Education initiative. PLaN allows Pre-service Teachers to enrich their experience by assisting schools to support small groups of students to further develop the literacy and numeracy of their students.

PLaN is not a professional experience placement, nor paid work, it is known as service learning. The ECU School of Education has a growing number of partnerships with schools across all sectors throughout the metropolitan region in Western Australia to deliver the PLaN initiative.

Who can join?

You must be enrolled at ECU in either a Bachelor of Education or Master of Teaching course to participate in the PLaN program. You must also have your WWCC and NCCHC clearances to join.

How will Pre-service Teachers benefit?

As part of the PLaN program Pre-service Teachers will gain extra experience and more exposure to a classroom environment beyond the requirements of professional experiences (practicums). This will help to enrich understandings of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Teachers).

How can Pre-service Teachers at ECU join PLaN?

Pre-service Teachers enrolled at ECU can sign up here.

Which schools can be involved in PLaN?

There is currently a selection of Department of Education Primary and Secondary schools piloting the PLaN Program.

Expressions of Interest from other Department of Education schools to expand the PLaN program are now being sought.

How much time do Pre-Service Teachers [PLaN members] need to commit to the PLaN program?

PLaN members need to be available for a dedicated time-slot each week for a full school term. This involves a minimum of one hour per week commitment at the school. PLaN members may undertake multiple school terms of PLaN service.

Who designs the PLaN programs?

The Primary or Secondary School you are partnered with will determine:

  • The literacy or numeracy (PLaN) program;
  • The student groups that you will support (normally 2-3 students); and
  • The timing of the PLaN programs e.g. before school, lunch time, after school.


Please feel free to contact the PLaN Team for further information.

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