2019 Adult Literacy Practitioner Professional Development

Workshop in action

2019 Workshops

26TEN supports the Tasmanian adult literacy workforce by offering occasional workshops and regular ACSF validation and moderation sessions.

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We are offering four workshops this year:

  • An introduction to the Australian Core Skills Framework
  • Learning about the Big Six of Spelling
  • Going deeper and wider with the ACSF
  • Assessing with the ACSF.
We are also offering five ACSF validation and moderation sessions.

Details of each event and the link to register (using Eventbrite) are listed below.

Introduction to the Australian Core Skills Framework

with Harry Atkinson


Email jennifer.dunbabin@education.tas.gov.au to register your interest in attending such a workshop. Once we have ten participants we will organise other dates.

This workshop will cover an introduction to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) for those who haven’t encountered the framework before or are just beginning to work with it.

Come along and discover what the ACSF is and how it can be used to identify learner’s skills, to identify the requirements of training, and to plan learning programs and the skill development of learners. 

Each session runs from 9.30 am - 4 pm. 

They are offered at no cost, with lunch provided.


Devonport - Friday 3 May (register to attend)

Hobart - Friday 17 May (register to attend)

Harry Atkinson

Harry Atkinson is a teacher who has had 16 years of experience assessing adult learners using the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) and its predecessor, the National Reporting System.  During this time, Harry has taught within and managed federally funded programs including the Language, Literacy, and Numeracy Programme (LLNP), Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program and a number of Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) programs.

For the last nine years, Harry has delivered WELL programs and 26TEN initiatives in collaboration with a number of peak bodies, businesses and community organisations.

Harry was the state representative of the Australian WELL Practitioners Network and continues to be a committee member of the Tasmanian Council for Adult literacy.

Learn about the Big Six of Spelling

with Anne Bayetto 

These workshops are full.  

There is a waitlist, so please register your interest on it. Often people can't attend despite their best intentions.

Learn about the six steps (Big Six) in everyone needs to master to read with fluency and comprehension.

Current research identifies 6 broad areas of development required for reading which are all underpinned by early literacy experiences. The big six in reading are:
  • Oral language
  • Phonological awareness
  • Letter-sound knowledge (phonics)
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension
Some adults who have difficulties reading, or can't read at all, are likely to have missed out on learning one or more of these skills. Working with adults to gain these skills can markedly improve their reading (and writing) ability. 

This workshop will focus on effective approaches for working with adults who have little or limited literacy skills. There will be a particular focus on the Big Six, including practical approaches for the development of these skills.

Each session runs from 9.00 am - 3.00 pm

They are offered at no cost, with lunch provided


Hobart - Thursday 22 August (register to attend)

Devonport - Friday 23 August (register to attend).

Anne Bayetto

Anne Bayetto.pngWe are fortunate to have Anne Bayetto, Researcher and Lecturer in Special Education at Flinders University, returning to Tasmania to present this workshop. 
She has been the reading expert for the Principals as Literacy Leaders (PALL) program, offered in every state of Australia, and through this program, she has been part of a team gathering pre- and post- data from PALL participants and later undertaking case studies in schools to learn about effective, long-term approaches. This research has been published in reports back to Education Departments, journals, book chapters, and a purposely written book.
While her work is mostly with K-12 teachers, she has adapted her workshop to focus on strategies for working with adults. The six steps remain the same.
She is a member of the Research in Inclusive and Specialised Education (RISE) group at Flinders University and works collaboratively with colleagues to advance knowledge and practice.

Going deeper and wider using the ACSF 

with Philippa McLean

This workshop is for those who have experience of using the ACSF for delivery and assessment. The content will include:

  • how to use the revised Pre Level 1 content, and what it means to be performing at Pre Level A and Pre Level B
  • moderation of student work to ensure everyone's decisions match the benchmark
  • validation of assessment tasks, with a focus on performance variables, and on tasks that target more than one level of skill
  • any particular issues you have - we will contact you once you have registered to find out what they are and include them in the program for the day.

Each session runs from 9.30 am - 4 pm. 

They are offered at no cost, with lunch provided.


Devonport - Monday 9 September (register to attend)

Hobart - Thursday 12 September (register to attend)

Assessing the ACSF's five core skills 

with Philippa McLean

This workshop is for those who have experience of using the ACSF for delivery and assessment. The content will include:

  • where to find validated assessment tools 
  • developing assessment tools
  • tailoring existing assessment tools
  • a validation and moderation session
  • any particular questions or needs you have - we will contact you once you have registered to find out what they are and include them in the program for the day.

It runs from 9.30 am - 4 pm. 

 It is offered at no cost, with lunch provided.


Hobart - Wednesday 11 September (register to attend)

Philippa McLean

McLean.jpgPhilippa has extensive and successful experience in the Vocational Education and Training sector and is highly regarded as a Language, Literacy and Numeracy expert. She was a member of the consortium that developed the original ACSF in 2008 and in 2012 was the project manager for the revision of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) for DEEWR which resulted in the publication of  ACSF 2012 and the development of the ACSF Pre Level 1 Supplement. The ACSF is groundbreaking work as a significant national resource which provides the validated framework of national benchmarks for the identification and description of core skill performance (for Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy) for the Australian population and is the key component of Foundation Skills.

As a direct result of her work on the Australian Core Skills Framework, Philippa has been regularly engaged to deliver professional development and project work for Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy teachers and VET trainers at a statewide and national level. In particular, she has had extensive experience delivering workshops on the understanding and application of the ACSF across Australia in industry, government and community settings, and for a range of public and private Registered Training Organisations. Philippa has also worked on national projects developing exemplar assessment tools and delivery resources, delivers accredited and non-accredited training in Language, Literacy and Numeracy and provides specialist advice and training in the areas of Language, Literacy and Numeracy validation and moderation.

ACSF Validation and Moderation

The Australian Core Skills Framework offers a common language to talk about people's five core skills of reading, writing, oral communication, numeracy and learning. It provides a framework for learning design and assessment. Anyone using the Australian Core Skills Framework to assess the five core skills, whether you are an experienced practitioner or just getting started, will find these sessions useful. It is a friendly, relaxed place to build skills in using the ACSF.

At a session, literacy practitioners share completed tasks for moderation and assessment tools for validation. Please complete this task coversheet (Blank ACSF Assessment Task Coversheet.docx) for each item you submit.  Here is a sample of a completed cover sheet (Sample ACSF Assessment Task Coversheet.docx). This sample is fairly detailed. Your one may be briefer.

Each session runs from 3:30 to 5 pm, at two video conferencing sites around the state. People can also attend from their own computer via Skype.


Wednesday 3 April (register to attend)

Wednesday 4 July (register to attend)

Wednesday 25 September (register to attend)

Wednesday 27 November (register to attend)


  • Hobart - Morris Miller Room, Level 3, State Library, 91 Murray Street, Hobart
  • Launceston - Room F1, Level 3, Launceston Library, Civic Square