Bateman Primary School provides selected students with the opportunity to attend the MacqLit Reading Program, available for children in Year 3 and above who need some additional help reading or developing fluency and confidence in reading.

MacqLit is delivered to small groups (up to 5 students) for up to one hour, three times a week. The program teaches the students how to read and spell words using appropriate decoding strategies, which also helps to improve comprehension.

Many decades of research into reading have shown educators how best to teach reading. MacqLit uses these research-based teaching methods. Students move through the carefully structured program with many opportunities to practice the skills they are learning, and are regularly assessed to monitor progress and ensure they are working at an appropriate level.

MacqLit is most effective when parents/carers and schools work together. As part of the program, students are asked to commit to reading to an adult for 20 minutes each night. Reading aloud not only reinforces the reading fluency of students but also contributes to enhancing their confidence as readers.