How to support your child through NAPLAN

Feature Articles Wednesday, 15 Mar 2023

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) has now begun for students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9. This can be a stressful time for students. It’s important for us as The Ƶ Community to support our students and to keep NAPLAN in perspective. Here are some practical ways to support your child through NAPLAN:

  1. Stay positive: Encourage your child to do their best, but don’t put too much pressure on them to get a certain result. Let them know that NAPLAN is just one way to assess their skills and that it’s not a measure of their intelligence or worth.
  2. Practice at home: You can help your child prepare for NAPLAN by practicing their literacy and numeracy skills at home. There are many resources available online that provide sample questions and practice tests. Make sure you’re not overdoing it, though, as too much practice can cause stress and anxiety.
  3. Get organised: Make sure your child is well-rested and has a nutritious breakfast on the day of the test. Make sure they have all the necessary equipment, such as pencils, erasers, and a ruler. It’s also a good idea to make sure they know the location of the test and what time they need to be there.
  4. Keep communication open: Talk to your child about how they’re feeling about the test and if they have any concerns. Listen to their worries and try to alleviate them. Encourage them to ask their teacher any questions they have about the test.
  5. Celebrate their effort: Regardless of the result, celebrate your child’s effort and hard work. Let them know that you’re proud of them and that you appreciate all the effort they put into their preparation for the test.

Remember, NAPLAN is just one aspect of your child’s education, and while it’s important to do their best, it’s not the be-all and end-all. Support your child by staying positive, practicing at home, getting organised, keeping communication open, and celebrating their effort.

NAPLAN will conclude on March 27 2023.