Effective literacy teaching, and specifically the teaching of reading, should be grounded in evidence from rigorous research. But how do we translate the research to our classrooms?

Oxford invites you to learn from Mark Hansen, Principal of Ardtornish Primary School (Adelaide), who has successfully implemented a synthetic phonics teaching program which has enabled all students to become fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

Why should you attend one of these sessions?

Presentations by the Oxford team and expert authors

To learn how an explicit synthetic phonics program can achieve reading success for students in infants, primary and early secondary school.

Free Oxford resources

To benefit from best-practice advice direct from a leader who has successfully implemented a phonics program and the Phonics Screening Check (PSC).

Afternoon tea provided

Free afternoon tea and an opportunity to network and learn from peers.

Session details

We invite you to learn about the success that Ardtornish Primary School (Adelaide) has achieved implementing a synthetic phonics program and the PSC. During the session you will:

  • Learn about how an explicit synthetic phonics program can support student reading success in Primary and lower Secondary (intervention).
  • Hear about the criteria that Ardtornish PS considered when selecting a phonics program.
  • Receive best-practice advice for successfully implementing a phonics program and the PSC.
  • Learn how to support your teachers and their students to achieve literacy success.

Who should attend?

This session is appropriate for Primary Principals, Assistant Principals and Literacy Coordinators, Primary Teachers, and Secondary Learning Support Educators.

The Oxford team will also be on hand to showcase and answer questions about our extensive range of decodable readers and our synthetic phonics teaching programs:

  • Floppy's Phonics for Years K–1
  • Read Write Inc. Phonics for Years K–2 or intervention Years 3–4
  • Read Write Inc. Fresh Start which is an intervention program suitable for Years 5–8.


Registration and afternoon tea: 4:00pm – 4:30pm
Session: 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Expert presenter

Mark Hansen is the Principal of Ardtornish PS in Adelaide. As a seconded leader he recently provided training to all Year 1 teachers and leaders in implementing the Year 1 Phonics Check in South Australia. Mark has been a literacy adviser, school improvement officer, schools coordinator and leadership consultant with the South Australian Centre for Leaders Education. Mark's interest and passion for literacy stretches over 30 years and he has a deep understanding and knowledge of current research in reading development and how to effectively implement programs built upon it.


Wednesday 6th November

Hornsby Central Library
28-44 George St, Hornsby NSW

Thursday 7 November

Bankstown Girls High School (Library)
Mona Street, Bankstown NSW


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