Back to basics phonics test to be rolled out in Australian schools.

How fake words can help kids learn to read

A five-minute reading "check" for first-graders that includes made-up words like "beff" and "shup" that has dramatically improved early literacy rates in the UK is set to be adopted in Australia. 

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Nicholas Quaratiello at the school readiness centre

Pre-kindy bootcamp 'a waste of parents' time and money'

It's 9am on Friday and four-year-old Nicholas has bowled up to class in Leichhardt's Italian Forum, he's sheepishly holding a piece of paper in his hand. It's his homework, he says, as he presents it to his "school readiness" teacher, Violeta Dimeska.

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