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 Lorraine Hammond, Edith Cowan University. Education Minister Simon Birmingham has announced that all Australian six-year-olds will soon be required to do a phonics test.Researchers, parents and others concerned about our system’s failure to identify children who initially struggle to learn to read – and can go on to have a reading disability – have pushed Read more

Hua-Chen Wang, Macquarie University.The efficacy of phonics as a method of teaching has been debated for several decades, and has recently come back to the forefront of public debate.This time, the focus is on the phonics check – a screening tool designed to identify early readers who may be in need of intervention, and provide some indication of how successful current phonics Read more

Kevin Wheldall, Macquarie UniversityChildren who do not learn to read in the first few years of schooling are typically destined to a school career of educational failure, because reading underpins almost all Read more

1. What is dyslexia?Dyslexia is difficulty with reading accurately and fluently and can also be accompanied by spelling difficulties. Over the last forty years there have been numerous definitions, but they all have common elements: neurobiological basis, difficulties in phonological applications to reading, and difficulties in fluent and accurate reading. The Diagnostic Read more