Start with this one 'What should early primary school look like' and note his comments about the need for Australia to use a check like the Year One Phonics Screening Check used as a statutory check in England.
Better still, Greg, how about Australia using the same Year One Phonics Screening Check and then we can get an idea of phonics teaching effectiveness in Australia compared to England!!!
https://gregashman.wordpress.com/2015/0 ... look-like/
...The Donnelly and Wiltshire review contained a couple of models for primary education. It now seems that the government has decided to implement aspects of the review, according to reports in yesterday’s media. Channel 9 even invited Donnelly onto its morning breakfast show to discuss it (I wonder how many education school professors swore off Channel 9 as a result…). The headline was a push for the use of phonics. Sadly, I don’t think that this will work. Teachers have been told to use a phonics-based approach for some time now and yet they still resist, persisting with practices such as the three cuing system. There is a party line where teachers who use less effective analytic phonics approaches or phonics as a last resort will say, “Of course we use phonics! We use it as part of a balance of approaches.” I see no reason to believe that we have progressed since 2006. I am growing convinced that the only way to ensure that phonics is taught systematically is to institute something like the U.K. phonics check. I hope I’m wrong....
Do read the whole posting and check out further pieces written by Greg!