Despite improvements in the national average score, the 2016 PIRLS report confirms many Australian children continue to be left behind.
The results of an international study into reading skills offer reason for optimism for Australian students. But tragically, too many children are still being left behind.
Literacy levels in South Africa are low, so training educators who can teach reading is more vital than ever.
There is a chasm between the research knowledge base about reading literacy and teachers' classroom practices. Standardisation could be a big part of the solution.
English is a complex language with roots in many others, and the teaching of it should reflect this.
A new batch of Australian five-year-olds has just started school, eager to learn to read and write. Unfortunately for them, English has one of the most difficult spelling systems of any language, thanks…