Clayton South Primary School uses Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI). EDI enables our teachers to deliver well-developed, carefully planned, and effective lessons that can significantly improve outcomes and learning support for all learners, including students with specific learning disability or difficulties (SLD).
At Clayton South, we have adopted the Response to Intervention (RTI) model, a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning delays, including impairment in reading (dyslexia).
We have a specialist tutor on-site to support children and offer the same RTI model for literacy and numeracy.
The grade 3/4 reading slump is a phenomenon that is common in education where children who have not received solid synthetic phonics instruction with decodable readers as a beginning reader start to struggle. Some students with reading difficulties are often not noticed until middle primary. They have learned (and sometimes been taught) guessing strategies that 'mask' their core phonological awareness and/or decoding issues. The expectation jumps in middle primary as texts become more complex and there are more multisyllabic words.
"Early, Early, Early - 8 is too late" - is a catchphrase by Tanya Forbes, Founder Dyslexia QLD Support, Producer of Outside the Square, Research Development Manager at Bond University! The window for early intervention can close very quickly and widen over time. Enter the Matthew Effect. This term describes how when children begin their learning journey successfully, they will continue to do well later in school, while the gap will exponentially widen for those children who begin poorly and do worse.
"Explicit teaching of alphabetic decoding skills is helpful for all children, harmful for none, and crucial for some."
C.Snow and C. Juel (2005) Harvard Graduate School of Education
We offer comprehensive intervention in all year levels - not just the junior classes. Reading is a complex cognitive process. The Simple View of Reading (Gough and Tunmer, 1986) is an evidence-based representation of how reading comprehension is the product of two sets of equally essential skills: decoding and linguistic comprehension.
Nancy Young's globally recognised Ladder of Reading illustrates the ratio of students who require an explicit, sequential, systematic, synthetic phonics approach. The infographic draws a comparison to the small percentage of children who learn to read effortlessly. The Ladder of Reading succinctly shows us how Structured Literacy, as we use at Clayton South Primary School, is advantageous for ALL students, not just struggling learners.
Below is a link to a very informative clip by Bill Hansberry, a leading Australian education consultant on reading instruction, intervention and the importance of decoding for ALL learners, particularly for those with learning difficulties:
More information on learning difficulties and the RTI model is available on the DET website: