Back in Early January 2018 (ie. nearly 18 months ago) the NSW DET announced that Reading Recovery was no longer the mandated reading intervention program in NSW schools.

Within 6 months (ie. mid 2018) all NSWDET schools were eligible for PD on the topic of best practices for early reading instruction and a grant of $50 per kindergarten student for the purchase of decodable readers. The challenge of knowing what to do next is a big one.  There are so many options and it can be really tricky to know how to approach the change to using Decodable Readers in the Classroom.  Having walked this journey with a number of schools over the years since 2011, my advice is to collect data, know your students and start small to achieve success and expand at a manageable pace.

If you’re wanting to explore the options for decodable readers on the market the document below may be helpful [Please not I’m yet to add in the Decodable Readers Australia, Snappy Phonics and Big Cat Phonics decodable readers].

Literacy Progressions mapped to decodable reader series

They are also mapped to the literacy progressions and the recommended grade levels that you can find here on the ACARA website

If you’re wanting to explore options for a whole class, small group or individual intervention approach using a Response to Intervention model [Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3] the document below may also be useful, and I have trained in the use of the majority of resources mentioned so am happy to assist further narrowing down the best option for your setting.

Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programs Overview

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