NAPLAN can be an opportunity to further develop your child’s resilience and the skills they need to face life’s challenges. They can learn that the nervousness, many of us feel when we’re facing a challenge, can actually assist us to achieve more positive outcomes.
It is most important that NAPLAN is not portrayed to our children as being the be all and end all of their Primary Education. In reality, it is only one aspect of the assessment and reporting process at St Emilie’s providing simply a snapshot of learning, under test conditions, at a point in time. NAPLAN measures literacy and numeracy skills but it doesn’t measure creativity, innovation or a child’s social-emotional capacity.
Andrew Fuller, a clinical psychologist who has worked with school communities around Australia, and specialises in the wellbeing of young people and their families, has written the attached guide to Preparing for NAPLAN – with much of the information being relevant for our Primary context.