Media Mentions: 3 March 2023

Dr Jennifer Buckingham is quoted in ”We need to keep improving’: Almost half of year 1 students not reading at expected level’ by Lucy Carroll, Sydney Morning Herald, 3 March 2023.

Jennifer Buckingham, a phonics advocate and director of strategy at reading company MultiLit, said that while the “results are uncomfortable” they show why the phonics check is vital. “It really provides evidence we need to keep improving,” she said.

“Even taking into consideration COVID and the flu earlier in the year, it would be reasonable to expect a bit of improvement, given we’ve had the implementation of a new syllabus which has a strong focus on phonics,” Buckingham said.

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