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A new report by the vice-chancellor of one of Australia’s leading universities – the University of Sydney – has recommended an overhaul of how teachers are trained to teach reading.

students-working-with-teacherHe points out the lack of emphasis on phonics. Many teaching courses, the report says, present phonics as one of many options – as if phonics were a philosophy, rather than a fact.

“Doctors don’t have a belief in penicillin, penicillin works. Phonics works, full stop,” the vice chancellor has said.

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