Media Mention: 19 February 2024

In WA Today’s article, ‘What you need to know about declining reading ability in WA classrooms (and how to fix it)’ published 19 February 2024, Dr Jennifer Buckingham OAM provides expert insight into the issue.

“Over 35 per cent of year 3 students across the state are struggling to read, which means they are also likely to be experiencing difficulty in subject areas that rely on sound literacy skills,” she said.


“Unfortunately, we still have too many schools claiming to use multiple strategies to teach reading, which often indicates they are relying on whole language or balanced literacy approaches that are inferior to explicit and systematic phonics teaching and leave too many children struggling, or worse, falling through the cracks.”

To read the full article and discover the impact of MultiLit programs at Belmay Primary School please read here, or the PDF here.

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