News

Williamson announces autumn 2021 phonics screening check

An autumn phonics screening check will take place again this year, the education secretary has announced. Gavin Williamson told...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
News

Autumn phonics check 2020: What schools need to know

The government has confirmed details of this year’s autumn phonics screening check, following the cancellation of the test in...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
News

STA plans autumn phonics check for year 2s who missed June test

Schools will be asked to administer a phonics screening check for year 2 pupils in the autumn, after the...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
News, Politics

Government’s ‘obsession’ with phonics is driven by need to help working-class white boys

The underperformance of white working-class boys in England’s education system is what has driven the government’s “obsession” with reading...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
News

Phonics check 2018 pass mark announced

The pass mark for the phonics screening check will remain at 32 this year, the Department for Education has...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Opinion

The reception year isn’t all about learning to read

The UK’s dogmatic approach to teaching reading does a disservice to the different ways and speeds at which young...

Expert Contributor
Expert Contributor
Opinion

Nick Gibb is wrong: PIRLS data does not support synthetic phonics

The schools minister is looking at the results of a major international reading test wrong, and his dogmatic insistence...

Expert Contributor
Expert Contributor
News

Schools are streaming the youngest children by phonics ability

Schools are using phonics to divide primary classes into ability streams – and pupils born in summer are paying...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson
News

FSM pupils falling away in phonics

The achievement gap in phonics has grown between pupils qualifying for free school meals and their wealthier peers, government...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson