A new phonics test for Australian six year olds is a BAD idea

By Robyn Ewing

The recent announcement by Education Minister, Simon Birmingham, of a nation-wide phonics assessment for six year olds is of great concern to me. I believe, as do many of my fellow literacy expert colleagues, this new test will not help improve our literacy levels. Australian children have been “marking time” or “falling behind” when compared on international

The power of reading aloud: not just for babies and little children

By Rosemary Johnston

A recent study on children’s reading found that fewer children are reading for fun. Worse, as children grow up the less they read for fun. Does it matter if children don’t read for fun? They are (sort of) reading on devices and mobiles and using social media anyway. And isn’t this mostly for fun? I