About Chuck Marriott

Teaching Biography

B.A., Diploma of Teaching, Post Graduate Diploma in Literacy.
Creator of SevenPlus and FivePlus.
Co-author of WordLab.
Creative director of AVAILLL.

Chuck is a senior literacy specialist with over three decades experience teaching primary level students (Years 1-8) within New Zealand. He is a respected lecturer, author and speaker who has successfully presented over 50 teaching and literacy workshops nationwide and internationally.

His unfaltering commitment to improve literacy standards in New Zealand has been his main inspiration for developing and publishing numerous teaching handbooks and comprehensive literacy programmes for the past 20 years.

Academically, Chuck worked as a classroom teacher, school principal, Reading Recovery Teacher Trainer and a part time lecturer at the University of Canterbury, until he accepted a Resource Teacher of Literacy position at Kaiapoi North school where he has continued to work since 2000.

Chuck’s involvement and experience in developing educational products and programmes is extensive. He is the Australasian representative and creative director for AVAILLL, a unique film-based reading programme released in 2008.

In 2010 he began developing SevenPlus, a reading intervention programme aimed to help students (Years 3-8) overcome their reading and learning difficulties, which he successfully launched last year.

In 2014 he began collaborating with fellow senior educator, Louise Douglas, to develop and produce an entirely new spelling programme called WordLab. The evidence-based programme has been designed for every level (Years 1-8) and is due for release early 2016 in an entirely electronic format.

Chuck lived in Canada until 1976 when he emigrated to New Zealand, attracted by the many opportunities it offered. He trained as a teacher in Christchurch in 1978 and spent the next 14 years teaching in a wide variety of schools in both the North and South Islands. He is the father of twin daughters both of who have a passion for art and design. Chuck spent 30 years competing in marathons and triathlons and nowadays can be found in the local gym (keeping father time at arm’s length!) He spends most of his ‘spare’ time working on literacy projects.

  • Resource Teacher of Literacy (17 years)
  • Classroom teacher Years 0-8 (15 years)
  • Teaching Deputy Principal (6 years)
  • Teaching Principal (2 years)
  • Reading Recovery teacher trainer (1 year)
  • Managing Director, Reading Tutorial Systems (3 years)
  • Part-time lecturer, University of Canterbury (2 years)
Education consultant
Founder and Managing Director, Literacy Innovators
Creator of SevenPlus and FivePlus
Co-creator, WordLab and AVAILLL
New Zealand and overseas conferences on the topics:

  • Boys’ Literacy Education
  • Spelling in schools
  • Early and Late Reading Interventions
Douglas, L. & Marriott, C. (2016) WordLab: A whole school spelling programme. Christchurch: Homepress

Killackey, A. & Marriott, C. (2009) AVAILLL: Part One. Christchurch: Toltech Press.

Killackey, A. & Marriott, C. (2009) AVAILLL: Part Two. Christchurch: Toltech Press.

Marriott, C. (2006) Teaching boys who are low progress readers and writers. In Educating Boys: The Good News. D. Hartman (Ed.), Adelaide: Griffin Press.

Marriott, C. (2010) AVAILLL: Part Three. Christchurch: Toltech Press.

Marriott, C. (2011) AVAILLL: Part Four. Christchurch: Toltech Press.

Marriott, C. (2011) AVAILLL: Part Five. Christchurch: Toltech Press.

Marriott, C. (2012) AVAILLL: Part One Supplement. Christchurch: Toltech Press.

Marriott, C. (2013) AVAILLL: Part Two Supplement. Christchurch: Toltech Press.

Marriott, C. (2014) AVAILLL: Part Five Supplement. Christchurch: Toltech Press.

Marriott, C. (2015). SevenPlus: a reading intervention for older students. Christchurch: Homepress

Marriott, C. (2016). Struggling readers years 3-8: a practical intervention. Literacy Forum NZ. Vol. 32, No. 1, pp. 27-35.

Marriott, C. (2017) FivePlus: a reading intervention for younger students. Christchurch: Homepress

“For an educational resource to be offered by us it must meet strict criteria. At a very minimum, it must be evidence and research based and fit the qualifications for best practice.” Chuck Marriott

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WordLab

A spelling programme
for all levels

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FivePlus

A short-term reading intervention programme (Years 2-3)

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SevenPlus

A short-term reading intervention programme (Years 3-8)

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AVAILLL

A research-validated reading enhancement programme

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