Before you start
Please read all of the information on this page so that you understand how the application process works.
What we do
We work with teachers to identify kids that have clear potential to succeed in our E-reading program. We loan them tablets and give them access to e-books that are interesting to them. We provide clear goals and positive incentives to encourage them to read more. We measure the reading behaviour and reading achievement of students before they enter the program and again after 12 weeks. If the evidence shows that the student has made good progress, then the tablet is given to them as a reward.
IRP is selective. We accept students that have the potential to complete the program successfully. Those with a reading age of less than 6 years of age are not eligible to apply. IRP rewards effort and achievement. Only students with a measurable improvement in their reading are given tablets to keep. IRP requires engagement and cooperation from the student's teacher and parent/s. This includes providing consent for the student to participate in the project, encouraging the student to read regularly, and monitoring and providing performance information back to us. IRP expects our loaned tablets to be cared for properly. Tablets are covered by 1 Year Limited Warranty, however, this does not cover accident, misuse, neglect, fire or theft or damage. If any of these occur while the tablet is on loan, then the parent/carer of the student will be responsible for meeting the full replacement costs of the tablet to IRP.
Which schools can apply?
The application process is by invitation only. The process is limited to the schools and teachers that we have already worked with. We will send information about the application process to our exiting partner schools in term 1. If the quality of applications from these schools is low, then we will extend the application process to additional schools. If you would like to be included as an additional school, please subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of our homepage.
Why is my school not able to apply?
Each year we receive more than 1000 applications for a limited number of students places. As a small non-profit company, we don't have the resources to process this number of applications. We believe that we should spend more time supporting students.
Our selection process
Our selection process has 3 simple steps: determining eligibility, completing and submitting the application form; and our assessment of applications. Eligibility is determined by completing questions 1 through to 5. If the student is eligible, then the full application form is completed and submitted to us. IRP will then assess each application. We may require further information and will contact either the parent or teacher of the student as needed. Once our assessment is completed, we will advise the parent or teacher of the outcome as soon as possible.
Who submits an application?
Classroom teachers who are responsible for providing reading instruction to eligible students can apply. The application form must be prepared with parents and students.
How many applications can I submit?
There is no limit to the number of applications a teacher can submit.
Teachers, please note that participating in this program requires your active engagement. This means some additional work for you. We aim to keep this to a minimum. If you are concerned about having to take on extra work, then we recommend that you do not apply.
Tips for success
The way to maximise your chance of success is by observing these three tips. Firstly, providing answers to all of the questions. Secondly, your answers should be truthful and accurate. Finally, you should pay particular attention to your response to the student profile question.
Student profile question
This is the most critical question in the application process. A considered answer providing information about the individual student is essential. If you offer a generic response to this question, your application will be unsuccessful.
IRP only uses the information provided to us in this application to select students for our project. IRP is committed to complying with the National Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act). When an application is made to IRP, we collect necessary contact information from students, their teachers and parents. We also ask for information about the reading ability of students. We only collect this information so that we can conduct our activities and deliver.