Literacy in Australian schools is currently a vital concern in our society. The government, State and federal, the media, and the community at large see the need to refocus on the basics of literacy and numeracy in the teaching of Australia's youth. Spellmasters is a not-for-profit organisation which helps to promote English language skills as well as self esteem and confidence.
Spellmasters aims to provide young Australians up to Year 9 with the opportunity to participate in spelling competitions that will help to improve their understanding of the English language, their spelling techniques and in consequence their comprehension, and communication skills. Involvement in Spellmasters also helps to develop students’ self-esteem, confidence, and interpersonal skills by encouraging the development of goals, personal targets, learning strategies and by exposing students to positive role models, tutors and like-minded students throughout the course of their preparation and participation in the championship.
Spellmasters endeavours to promote community-based partnerships by engaging members of various communities in advancing the benefits of the literacy basics, encouraging youth involvement and promoting the importance of education, especially reading comprehension and spelling. Spellmasters sees one of its key roles as supporting the academic growth of students, especially in the areas of reading comprehension and spelling, through collaborative partnerships with libraries, community minded businesses, individual schools and community-based educational programs.