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Ministry of Education.

Supporting all learners

Ready to Read Phonics Plus books offer teachers an evidenced based approach to “cracking the code” of reading by providing a focus on word recognition skills, including decoding. This supports an explicit, systematic, sequential approach to teaching reading and writing to children in their first year of school.

While the Phonics Plus books have been written to meet the needs of all learners, phonics-based texts such as these are ideal for teaching learners with dyslexia or other reading difficulty, to read. These books have been designed to support children who need extra support to learn to read by:

  • providing alignment with research, which has found that teaching phonics and high-utility non-decodable words together is more effective than focusing on just phonics or just sight words in isolation
  • following a scope and sequence, which provides a framework for explicit and systematic instruction that is shown to be the most effective approach for learners with dyslexia and other reading issues
  • regular monitoring of progress which, for learners with dyslexia and other reading issues, can pinpoint strengths and next steps for learning (this may include more targeted support)
  • font size and spacing layout, designed for dyslexic learners.

There will be three releases of books, most of which are at the beginning of the scope and sequence. This will ensure that learners who need more support to learn to read have enough books available in the Kākano | Seed phase. The MoE will evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the Phonics Plus series to identify what works well and what needs improving, including where more books could be added to provide maximum flexibility for all learners ensuring they have access to enough books to learn, practice, and reinforce their skills. 

Information on inclusive practices

Supporting teachers to meet the needs of all learners. 

Inclusive Education: Tiered support model pdf 
This is a flexible whole-school approach, designed to help you ensure the right levels of support are in place to improve children’s learning outcomes. 

Inclusive Education: Understanding dyslexia 
Find out about dyslexia, what it is, how it affects learning, and the adaptations and modifications you can make to support dyslexic children.

Inclusive Education: Learning the code and literacy acquisition 
This slideshow provides guidance on supporting dyslexic learners with literacy acquisition. It includes an explanation of phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and the alphabetic principle.

Te Whāriki Online: Supporting bilingual and multilingual learning 
This section of Te Whāriki Online describes inclusive practices you can use to support children living in bilingual and multilingual households when they transition to school.

Inclusive Education: Understanding how to build fluency 
Find out how to build fluency (automatic word reading) so that learners can focus on the meaning of texts, instead of trying to work out key words. 

Updated on: 27 Feb 2023