Phonics Initiative

Phonics Initiative

The Phonics Initiative is one of the strategies being introduced in Western Australian public schools that will strengthen the quality of teaching and learning in classrooms and further support student learning.

Phonics is an essential part of effective literacy learning, together with:

  • oral language
  • phonological awareness
  • fluency
  • vocabulary
  • comprehension.

Phonics is necessary for children to become successful readers, spellers, and writers. This is especially important for children as they progress through school and beyond. Sound literacy skills are essential for further education and the workforce.

To ensure that schools can continue to focus on this important work, the state government has committed extra funding over a 5-year period to the Department of Education. This funding will give further support to students from Kindergarten to Year 2 in their literacy development.

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