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Australian Schools To Sound It Out

Tuesday 19th September / presented by Kylie Sturgess

The debate continues over the release today of a Federal Government report recommending a nationwide literacy and numeracy screening test for all Year 1 students.

Under recommendations laid out by the Government-appointed panel, a new reading and maths test based on the phonics screening check used in the UK will be introduced in Australian schools.

Dr Paul Gardner from Curtin University’s School of Education was an academic in the UK at the time of the roll out of the English phonics test and has just written a book chapter looking at the ‘Politics and Policing of Synthetic Phonics’.

Dr Gardner spoke to Kylie Sturgess on The Mag this morning to take a look at whether phonics testing will work in Australian classrooms.

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