Principals carry overall responsibility for the reading instruction in schools. However, many principals have not been teachers of early reading and do not have the specialist knowledge required to make evidence-based decisions about reading instruction. The FIVE from FIVE website provides information about the evidence on effective reading instruction, including the five keys to reading and explicit instruction.


Once principals are equipped with this knowledge, the next challenge is to make the changes necessary to ensure every classroom has expert teachers providing effective, evidence-based reading instruction.

Key reports and document can be found in the list of recommended reading 

Hear from school principals who have affected whole school change, implementing explicit teaching of the five keys of reading to improve literacy among their students.

Principal Paul McDermott describes the role of phonics in effective evidence based reading instruction.
Principal Steven Capp talks about key changes made to the teaching of reading at BWPS.