150 places in 2014!

Applications for 2014 are now open. This year we are increasing our intake to 150 places. Check out the data and media links on this page to find out about the impact we are having with kids all over Australia.   






Great results in 2013!

89 out of 105 students successfully completed our e-Reader project this year. Each of these students demonstrated a measurable improvement in their reading ability against our three key measures:

  • Average amount of time spent reading is improved by 102.10%
  • Fluency test scores are improved by 24.39%
  • Comprehension test scores are improved by 57.14%.
This is data measures changes in performance from baseline testing established before the program begins with follow up tests after the program ends 12 weeks later. 

What they're saying

It's not only about the numbers. We collect feedback from teachers, parents and students so we have a clear understanding of the impact of our work. Below is just a few examples of what they're saying about our work: 

It has made me love reading books. I have learnt words that I have never known before. I feel l can enjoy reading now.

Leon, Student, Regional NSW


We have seen real change and it has been fantastic to see our students get excited about reading. I have loved having the students come in and tell me about different stories they read the night before and I have been truly impressed at how our students went taking care of their e-Readers! Thank you again for giving us this amazing opportunity.

Kiriana White, Teacher, Hope Vale State School QLD


The e-Reader is fun to use. I read heaps more books than what I otherwise would have. My Mum and Dad are reading more because they see me reading now.

Susanna, Student, Regional NSW


Kylie has developed into a passionate reader. Her reading has improved since started the program and she is well and truly a more confident reader now than before. Thank you.

Nicole Fransen, Teacher, Clyde Fenton Primary School NT

Media

E-readers set young on road to love of books I Canberra Times I 15-01-2014

Push to expand indigenous reading I Canberra Times I 15-01-2014

E-readers kindle a desire to learn I The Australian I 19-12-2013

Project kindles lift in literacy I Toowoomba Chronicle I 16-04-2012

Kindling an Indigenous readership I Canberra Times I 01-02-2013

Intervention kindles a love of reading I The Sydney Morning Herald 28-12-2012

Evidence & analysis

Reading test results for all Australian students under the National Assessment Program are available for the years 2008-2013

Why literacy matters I UNESCO I 2006 

The economic and social costs of illiteracy I World Literacy Foundation - 2012.

Where are we working?