Teaching phonics

Seven things teachers agree on about teaching reading in Australia. Stop all the political haranguing over phonics

By Robyn Ewing

There is widespread agreement among educators and school communities about the importance of teaching phonics and other code-based literacy practices in early years classrooms. Why, however, is phonics instruction, one of the processes teachers use in helping children learn to read, so foregrounded by government policymakers and bureaucrats in Australia these days?  Why is one

Teaching of synthetic phonics in Australia based on flawed evidence

By Greg Brooks

What is phonics for? Where does it fit into an overall pedagogy of literacy? Without clear answers to these questions, the contestants in the phonics debate will continue to circle each other like blindfolded prizefighters. The aim of literacy teaching is to produce readers who tackle texts on paper or screen with confidence and understanding,