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Start Implementing PLD Within Term 4

Although it may be considered superfluous to launch a new SSP program within Term 4, it really has its advantages. Staff will be able to familiarise themselves with PLD’s screening and tracking process, teaching sequences and downloadable manuals. They will also be prepared to begin the following school year equipped with resources and the knowledge and confidence to implement SSP straight away in Week 1 of Term 1. This article outlines how to begin implementing PLD within Term 4.

Step 1: Register for & set up the PLD Tracking Sheets.

  • Click here to register for the PLD Tracking Sheets.
  • Set up the classes for the 2022 school year. For example, rename the tabs to denote year levels and class names ie Yr 1 Room 9, Yr 3 LA4, Yr 6J, etc and enter the class list (student names) in the correct columns (this could be done by admin staff).
  • It is necessary to “hide” the previous term’s columns as per the videos in Step 4.

Step 2: Teachers and Education Assistants need to view at least two hours of the relevant online course.

For some schools, this will occur in the Term 4 pupil free day. For other schools, this will likely occur during staff meetings. The online courses outline PLD’s implementation in primary schools. Below are quick links to the relevant courses.

Step 3: The participating classes will need to administer and mark the relevant screens.

Early Years 

  • Screen students using the following subtests in the Early Years Pre-Literacy Screen on page 14 in the Early Years Screening & Tracking Manual:
    • Subtest 3a Onset and Rime Blending & 3b Blending Three Phonemes
    • Subtest 4a Alphabet Sound Recognition.
    • Subtest 5a Alphabet Sound Recall & Formation.
  • Screen students who scored below 80% in these subtests using Subtests 1 and 2.
  • Mark the screens. Be sure to note any Negative Observations (a checklist is on the screening template).


Year 1 & 2

Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 

Step 4: Two short videos to be viewed by all teachers prior to, or immediately after, entering results into the tracking sheets.

All Class Teachers to Watch

Early Years Teachers Also Watch

Foundation Teachers Also Watch

Year 1 & 2 Teachers Also Watch

Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 Teachers Also Watch

After viewing the two relevant videos above, all teachers will then:

  • Enter the test scores into the PLD Tracking Sheets.
  • Arrange their class into three targeted teaching groups.
  • Assign a Learning Focus for each group for the term ahead.

Step 5: Once teachers have established a teaching plan for term ahead by arranging the class into three targeted teaching groups, support & coaching from PLD can be given.

When the student results have been entered into the tracking sheets following the first round of screening, the School Leader (ie Literacy Coordinator, Deputy Principal, Head of Curriculum etc) can request support through this link: https://pld-literacy.org/request-for-support-with-pld-tracking-sheets/.

It is highly recommended that the school-wide tracking document be shared in a “cloud” format through the School’s IT staff. Click here to see why.

PLD implementation can be launched at any stage within the school year. For other implementation plans please see:

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