Frequently asked questions

HOW MANY KIDS WILL THE PROJECT HELP?

100 Indigenous students from across Australia will take part in 2021.

WHEN IS THE APPLICATION PERIOD?

The application process opens on 31 May  March and closes on 5 July 2021.

ARE THERE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?

​Applicants must be Indigenous students aged 8-16 years (Years 3-10) and be enrolled and regularly attending school.

HOW CAN PARENTS GET INVOLVED?

Parents should read the What we do page. They can then talk to their kids and their teachers about our E-reading program. If you like what we do you can all get together and work out if you want to apply. Please be aware if your child is selected for our program we will need your support and help to ensure your child has the best chance of succeeding.

HOW CAN TEACHERS GET INVOLVED?

Teachers help us identify kids for the program. They also help monitor students' progress over the 12-week program. If you are passionate about reading and you teach Indigenous students, please consider getting involved. You can read the information on our website and talk to your students and parents about the program.

DOES THIS ADD TO TEACHERS' WORKLOAD?

​Yes. Teachers need to understand that there is additional work involved when participating in the program. Teachers initiate and submit applications. Teachers provide support to students during the program. They also provide advice to us about the student's reading skills at the start and end of the program. If you are concerned about extra work demands, please do not apply.

WHAT ARE THE KEY DATES FOR THE PROGRAM IN 2021?

Applications open - Monday 31 May and closes Monday 5 July May

Selection outcomes announced - Monday 12 July

Pre-Testing commences from - Monday 12 July

Tablets are shipped to schools from - Monday 23 August

Reading period commences - Monday 6 September

IRP contacts schools & parents to review student progress from - Monday 6 September

Post-testing commences from - Monday 8 November

Reading period ends & final program outcomes announced - Monday 29 November

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE STUDENT DOESN'T USE THE TABLET?

We have a "use it or lose it" policy. If students do not actively use the tablet for reading then it is returned to us. We then reallocate it to another student.

ARE SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS REWARDED?

Yes. At the end of 12 weeks, tablets are awarded to students who have made a significant and measurable improvement in their reading achievement. In addition, we will give successful students continued access to our e-book library so they can continue to access great e-books. A small number of very successful students will be offered places in our Reading for Life program.

IS THIS ANOTHER WELFARE PROGRAM?

No. We believe in capacity building. Our project is incentive-based. We reward student effort and achievement.

DOES IT WORK?

Yes. Since 2012 over 1,000 students from the city, regional and bush schools have participated in the program with an 87% success rate. Our latest results from 2020 are strong with significant measurable improvements in reading effort and achievement. The average amount of time spent reading by our students increased by 82.42%. Scores for reading fluency improved by 40.10% and reading comprehension scores improved by 40.30%.

WHO ARE INDIGENOUS READING PROJECT?

Indigenous Reading Project is a voluntary, not-for-profit group. You can find out more About us, our philosophy, our approach to work, and our people. 

DO YOU HAVE A FACT SHEET THAT I CAN DOWNLOAD?

Yes you can download a copy of our fact sheet here.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT THE PROGRAM SCHEDULE FOR 2022?

We announce the schedule for our program via email in term 1 of each school year. If you would like to be notified as soon as the schedule is available please subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of our home page.

HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE?

To find out more please contact us via email info@irp.org.au or telephone 1300 882 330.

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