Tessa Daffern PhD

Director and Principal Education Consultant, Literacy Education Solutions

Senior Honorary Fellow, University of Wollongong

Literacy Projects

Dr Daffern’s current projects include:

  • Examining spelling development in the early years
  • Building the capacity of teachers to improve student spelling outcomes
  • Exploring the teaching and learning of writing in the middle years
  • Oxford Spelling series (Publication in 2021)
  • NSW Department of Education Professional Learning Pathways (2021)
  • The Components of Spelling Test: Early Years (Publication early 2021)

My research is driven by my passion for English language education and for empowering teachers and undergraduate teacher education students to develop contemporary understandings that can inform their teaching of language and literacy.”

Dr. Daffern

Consultancy

Specialised workshops and school partnerships on:

Teaching and Assessing Spelling

Teaching Writing

The Components of Spelling Manual

The Components of Spelling Instruction and Assessment for the Linguistic Inquirer is an evidence-based resource for primary and middle school classroom educators.

CoST Online Testing

The Components of Spelling Test: Online Version provides busy teachers a reliable and complete analysis of students’ spelling errors and a detailed class report, designed to assist teachers to plan and deliver differentiated and systematic teaching of spelling.

Media

(Podcast)

NSW Department of Education
In conversation with Dr Tessa Daffern: Teaching spelling.

Primary Years Spelling Resources

Proficiency in spelling has a positive influence on overall writing competence, and general enjoyment and fluency in reading.

Publications 

A list of Books, Journal articles and scholarly presentations that Dr Daffern has authored.

About Tessa

About Tessa

Dr Tessa Daffern has contributed to education in many capacities for over 20 years: as a classroom teacher in schools, teaching and learning specialist, literacy coordinator, academic and education consultant.

Tessa is currently a Director and Principal Literacy Education Consultant at Literacy Education Solutions. Tessa is also a Senior Honorary Fellow at the University of Wollongong and has previously held academic positions at the University of Wollongong, University of Canberra and Charles Sturt University. Tessa’s research is driven by her passion for English language education and for empowering teachers and undergraduate teacher education students to develop contemporary understandings that can inform their teaching of language and literacy. Tessa’s PhD examined the teaching and learning of spelling and writing in Australian school contexts and involved almost 1400 students across 17 schools.

In 2017, Tessa was the recipient of the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association Doctoral Thesis Award. Tessa’s research has been disseminated through publications in national and international peer reviewed journals and edited books, and at national and international conferences. Prior to her career in academia, Tessa received a Recognition of Excellence Award by the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Catholic Education Office for her contributions and achievements, and in 2012 Tessa become one of the first Australian educators to become certified as a Highly Accomplished Teacher.

Literacy Education Solutions

Literacy Education Solutions offers research-based literacy teaching and learning services, resources and publications to schools, education departments and professional associations. Our services and resources are designed and delivered by the Director and Principal Education Consultant, Dr Tessa Daffern, who has contributed to education in many capacities for over 20 years: as a classroom teacher in schools, teaching and learning specialist, literacy coordinator, academic and education consultant.

Literacy Education Solutions is driven by Dr Tessa Daffern’s dedication to improving the literacy skills of school students and her passion for empowering teachers and leaders across all education sectors to develop contemporary, evidence-based understandings that can inform their teaching of language and literacy. Dr Tessa Daffern is available to design and deliver online and face-to-face professional learning modules, workshops and conference presentations.