Literacy Intervention

At St Joseph’s we offer differentiated learning at the point of need. This includes explicit intervention for students from Foundation to Year 6. 

Literacy Intervention in the Early Years – Minilit

The Minilit sage intervention program is used in our early years. MiniLit Sage is a literacy intervention program designed for young children in Years 1 and 2 who are struggling to learn to read. The program is designed to be delivered to small groups of up to four children. MiniLit Sage represents the latest scientific research and evidence base on effective reading instruction and intervention. For children who are struggling to make progress with their reading, intervening early is the best way to prevent reading problems from becoming more established. Research and trials in school settings have shown consistently that students make substantial gains in essential reading skills following MiniLit Sage instruction.

Key benefits

  • Evidence-based small group program with a proven track record of success
  • Aligns with scope and sequence of InitiaLit, ensuring a coherent connection between whole-class instruction and intervention
  • Detailed and proven lesson plans for teachers or teacher aides to follow
  • Incorporates the latest developments in reading science


Literacy Intervention in the Middle and Senior Years – Macqlit

The Macqlit intervention program is used in our middle and senior years. MacqLit is a reading program for children in Year 3 and above who need some help with their reading. It usually takes place in groups of up to four students and takes up to an hour a day. It has been developed by MultiLit, a research-based initiative of Macquarie University. Older readers who require intervention need to develop rapid, automatic and efficient word recognition strategies. That means the primary focus of MacqLit is on phonics, or word identification, supported by connected text reading to ensure skills are generalised to authentic reading experiences.

Key benefits

  • A systematic and explicit reading intervention program for older low-progress readers.
  • Small group program only for use in accredited primary and secondary schools.
  • Comprehensive sequence of lessons including all the components necessary for effective reading instruction.
  • Allows students to generalise component skills through connected text reading.
  • Specifically aimed at struggling readers in Year 3 through to high school.