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									                                                                                Literacy Secretariat
                                                                                Education Centre
                                                                                2nd Floor West
                                                                                31 Flinders Street
                                                                                Adelaide SA 5000
                                                                                GPO Box 1152
                                                                                Adelaide SA 5001
13 December 2010                                                                DX 541
                                                                                Tel 08 8226 6170
                                                                                Fax 08 8226 3830
The Principal



Dear Principal

ESL ALLOCATION FOR 2011
To support your ESL students to develop the language skills needed to access the
curriculum, your school’s ESL staffing allocation for 2011 is … FTE, costed at ….. This
forms part of your Whole Site Literacy and Numeracy Improvement Funding as
indicated on the Resource Entitlement Statement for your school.

The allocation of this resource has been based on your ESL students’ needs. Your allocation
has been calculated on …. allocation units for … student FTE. One allocation unit
represents $136.14 based on available resources for 2011.

Allocation of these ESL resources within your school should be informed by the needs of
your ESL students as identified through the ESL Scales and the impact of curriculum and
intervention strategies should focus on students’ improvement.

More information on the needs based ESL allocation model and how to determine your
school’s need profile is available at the ESL website, www.decs.sa.gov.au/curric/pages/ESL,
ESL funding/Allocations.

ESL support is most effective when:

      there is a whole site commitment and a multi-strategy approach to supporting ESL
       learners. Refer to the ESL website, ESL Innovative Schools, for examples of whole
       site approaches
      specialist ESL staff support ESL learners within a whole site approach
      teachers of ESL learners engage in a site based ESL professional learning course
       such as:
           - Teaching ESL students in mainstream classrooms: Language in learning
              across the curriculum (TESMC)
          -      How language works: Success in literacy and learning course
      there is leadership support and involvement in any ESL professional learning
       undertaken, see Literacy Secretariat website http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/literacy/,
       Professional Learning
      resources are strategically aggregated with other targeted literacy funding (eg early
       years literacy, disadvantaged schools component).
Evidence of student improvement can be gained from:

      ESL Scales History as recorded in EDSAS
      ESL Scales growth based on Term 3 enrolment census data as recorded in LaN
       Datamart
      Improvement in NAPLaN proficiency band as recorded in LaN Datamart. Evidence
       from NAPLaN and ESL Scales data indicates a minimum of 1 ESL Scale
       improvement per year will result in NAPLaN improvement.
ESL Regional Consultants are available to support your school. Contact information is on the
ESL website, ESL Regional Consultants.

MODERATION PROCESS
Internal Moderation
To ensure accuracy and consistency of schools’ assessment of students’ ESL Scales, it is
strongly recommended that a group of teachers at your school be involved in assigning ESL
scales, using the ESL Scope and Scales Moderated Evidence. Contact ESL Regional
Consultants for support.

External Moderation
A random selection of forty schools will be undertaken to provide the ESL Program with the
student examples of evidence used to determine their ESL Scales, as recorded for the DECS
Term 3 enrolment census. For each selected school, 10 students will be identified in August
2011 through their ED ID. These examples of evidence will be moderated by ESL specialists
in order to support consistency of teacher judgements, particularly between schools.

Note that all schools are required to retain student examples of evidence used to determine
students’ ESL Scale for at least a year.

SUPPLEMENTARY FUNDING
A supplementary allocation will be provided in May 2011 based on DECS 2011 Term 1
enrolment census data for students who have exited the ESL New Arrivals Program following
the 2010 Term 3 enrolment census. More information is available at the ESL website, ESL
Funding.

NEW ARRIVALS
Schools in the metropolitan area are strongly urged to direct new arrivals to enrol initially at
an ESL New Arrivals Program centre. NAP centres are best placed to provide intensive
English support and are funded accordingly. In 2011 country schools attract an additional
ESL allocation of 0.1FTE per term, according to the guidelines of the ESL Geographic
Isolation allocations – refer ESL website. This policy may change from 2012.
If you require further information, please contact Rosie Antenucci, Manager, ESL Programs,
8226 3149, rosie.antenucci@sa.gov.au.

Yours sincerely




Katrina Spencer
DIRECTOR, LITERACY AND SITE IMPROVEMENT

								
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