St. Augustine's is located in Wodonga, in north-eastern regional Victoria. The school cohort is average in terms of SES and NAPLAN achievement data. The school undertook professional learning around the inquiry mindset to improve student achievement. This supported teachers to more effectively use and analyse student data. The school then set a goal of improving literacy achievement for all students, not just those who were struggling. The Literacy Leaders engaged in school visits to learn more about evidence-based best practice, and bring that practice back to St. Augustine's. The journey continued with a focus on explicit direct instruction.
Dean Butler, a Literacy Leader, teaches a synthetic phonics lesson as part of a school approach to literacy instruction that includes phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. The lesson also includes some vocabulary learning.