How you can turn NAPLAN frenzy into a time of growth to build your child’s confidence.

I’ve been a school teacher for 12 years and I can tell you straight out I’ve seen more harm done to kids by NAPLAN than by almost anything else we regularly do in schools. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Children have their confidence damaged when they are expected to perform at a level they can’t reasonably achieve. Repeated failure at school always damages self-esteem.

Children who have literacy problems, dyslexia, special needs or anything else that makes it tougher for them to do NAPLAN need to be empowered with a new mindset.

After thinking and thinking and thinking about how we can change the way kids perceive NAPLAN so that it doesn’t have to do hurt them, check out this video for mums to know how to chat with their kids about NAPLAN. No, I’m not crazy, but I do believe that you can turn now plan into a fantastic opportunity to develop long-term healthy mindsets in your kids (You’d genuinely need to watch this video or you would think I’m crazy!).

Do you have a child taking a NAPLAN test this year? SHARE with us in the comments.

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  • Another excellent article Michael. Well done!


  • Won’t lie, I hated taking these type of tests when I was a kid. I was always just average, which is fine but it’s mainly because as a kid I never paid attention at school. Hopefully, my kids will be more attentive students than I was.

    • You’re so funny! Fingers crossed for your kids. :-) It’s great to have a laid-back attitude, but it’s pretty tricky for kids who have dyslexia or ADHD or some sort of learning issue to have an attitude like that, which is why parents really need to lead their kids when it comes to NAPLAN.


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