Ngukurr School is part of Rivers cluster and is located at Ngukurr Community which is situated in Southeast Arnhem Land, 320 km southeast of Katherine on the northern bank of the Roper River. The community has a population of approximately 1500, however this fluctuates depending on the season and ceremonial activity. Whilst Kriol is the main language spoken, there are up to five other languages also spoken. The School provides a comprehensive program from Preschool through to Year 12 with an enrolment of 300 students. The community can be accessed by 4WD during the dry season but only via air through chartered air services during the wet season. The school offers a vocational educational training program for its middle and senior years students employing two VET trainers. Ngukurr has a signed Remote Learning Partnership Agreement in place and has also been identified as a site under the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Service Delivery, as well as a Territory Growth Town under the NT Government's A Working Future initiative.
In 2011 Accelerated Literacy was replaced by a whole school literacy approach based on a common understanding of the six foundation skills that are necessary for early literacy success. Five of these skills, phonological awareness, phonics (letter-sound knowledge), vocabulary, fluency and comprehension are underpinned by the sixth, early literacy experiences. This includes oral language development and the development of concepts about print.
The approach to the teaching of mathematics within the school is based on three key principles: a mathematics lesson every day, a clear focus on direct, instructional teaching and interactive oral work and an emphasis on mental calculation. Collection and analysis of base line data in 2013 is the basis of ongoing planning in 2014 and beyond.