With over 35% of students in WA struggling to read, Dr Jennifer Buckingham OAM says the results show schools are using approaches “that are inferior to explicit and systematic phonics teaching and leave too many children struggling, or worse, falling through the cracks.”
In WA Today’s article, ‘WA’s reading problem is hiding in plain sight’, Dr Jennifer Buckingham OAM writes that more must be done to ensure reforms are supported by robust evidence around what works to enhance learning and boost students’ results.
Listen to Dr Jennifer Buckingham OAM being interviewed for ABC radio World News Today, discussing the need to teach children to read in an explicit and systematic way, following the release of the Grattan Institute report into reading in Australian schools.
Dr Jennifer Buckingham OAM quoted in ‘Reading experts’ concern at WA Catholic schools mandating discredited Running Records assessments’ (online), and ‘Year 1 on Read Alert’ published in The West Australian on 2 December 2023.
Nicole McGrath, Deputy Head of Junior School, St Leonard’s College on Bunurong Country, Brighton East (Vic) writes on the school’s website about the decision to implement InitiaLit and the benefits for both staff and students.
MultiLit’s Professor Kevin Wheldall AM, Dr Robyn Wheldall and Dr Jennifer Buckingham OAM have joined respected reading experts as signatories to an open letter to Ministers of Education. The letter outlines why the next National School Reform Agreement (NSRA) must ensure all students learn to read and write proficiently.