Suggested plan for a Low Stress - High Success Challenge

The most successful way to approach the Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) is as a whole school team. Everybody has a role and the PRC coordinator/s can be any approved member/s of the school community. This is one model that facilitates that approach.

In this model

  • at least one member of the school community is the designated PRC coordinator with helpers if necessary
  • teachers support the Challenge in the classroom
  • the Premier's Reading Challenge is part of the school's literacy strategy
  • students enter their own online reading records wherever possible
  • provision is made for students who are not able to do their own online records at home
  • teacher-librarians support staff and students with resources and advice
  • government school principal's approve coordinators electronically in March (instructions will be supplied through InPrincipal)

Each school needs to decide how their students will prove they have successfully completed the Challenge. The simplest procedure is an honour system based on students recording the minimum number of books required to be read. More rigorous criteria can also be used (see Tips and Teaching Notes)

Embed the Challenge in school curriculum

The Premier's Reading Challenge:
  • supports K-6 English by encouraging the reading of a wider range of texts on less familiar topics that forms the basis of achieving reading outcomes
  • supports 7-10 English by encouraging students to read for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis and pleasure and can be used to illustrate students' success in reading widely
  • encourages home-school partnerships to support reading for leisure and pleasure
  • is supported through schools although most of the reading is completed at home
  • is delivered electronically with students from Years 3-9, and some independent readers in Years K-2, entering their own records online at home or at school

A PRC coordinator

  • registers the school online in March, providing estimated numbers of participants

    Government school coordinators - once approved as coordinators by the school principal in AMU, can use their DEC username and password.

    Non-government school coordinators - once approved as coordinators by the school principal in AMU via the Extranet/Portal, will be provided with a username and password

  • can encourage students to use their individual username and password to complete their own entries

    Government school students are registered automatically when they use their DET username and password to do their own entries.

    Non-government school students will be provided with individual PRC usernames and passwords to do their own entries. Their PRC coordinator will proved the information received when the coordinator registers the students.

  • advertises the PRC conditions of entry and related privacy issues eg in the school newsletter or notes to go home
  • can organise helpers or older buddies when students are unable to do their own online entries
  • can organise student or helper access to computers in a computer lab or the school library if entries are not able to be done at home and when there are no classroom computers available
  • is responsible for validating completed entries by selecting the validate button
  • checks that other helpers/ coordinators, approved to do so, have validated students' completed entries

Teacher-librarians can

  • be the PRC coordinator for the school if they wish
  • support individual students doing the Challenge and/or support classroom teachers coordinating students in the classroom
  • identify PRC books in the library (see Tips and Teaching Notes)
  • help teachers find resources and match students to PRC books

Classroom teachers can

  • be the PRC coordinator just for their class, for the grade or for the school as a whole
  • allow students class time (a few minutes each) to complete their online student reading records or encourage students to complete their online student reading records at home
  • use the PRC online entries as an opportunity to teach some computer and library skills eg demonstrating using PRC ID numbers, search functions and typing personal choices, only when necessary and in correct format
  • do part of the K-2 Challenge by reading the books in class (where students have experienced the same books, teachers can enter the books for one student and copy the entry to other students) or introduce older, reluctant readers to the Challenge in class
  • encourage parents to support students doing the Challenge as part of their home reading

Participating students can

  • enter the books they have read using their DEC username and password if they are government school students or their PRC username and password if they are non-government students
  • use a computer at school or at home to complete their online student reading record
  • have assistance entering their reading records from their parent, a helper or "buddy"; e.g. when they are K-2 students who are not independent readers
  • assist other students with their online reading records

Parents can

  • listen to their children read and read to their children doing the K-2 Challenge
  • help their child find resources in public libraries
  • volunteer to work in classrooms listening to students read and supporting readers experiencing difficulties
  • assist their child to complete an online student reading record at home
  • volunteer to help the school with online reading records
  • sign students' personal reading logs as they finish reading a book, if this is required by the school