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
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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
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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
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Phonics boosts reading accuracy, study finds

Phonics has a “dramatic impact” on the accuracy of reading aloud and comprehension, researchers have claimed. A study, published...

John Dickens
John Dickens
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Government abandons year 3 phonics check after trial prompts workload concerns

The government will not extend its phonics screening check re-takes to year three pupils after a trial run prompted concerns...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Phonics check needs rethink after data shows ‘something dodgy’

The government’s phonics screening check needs an “urgent rethink” after new figures show “something dodgy” with scores, a policy...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Phonics results rise again but writing falls behind at KS1

The government has reported a boost to year 1 phonics check results, but pupils’ writing standards are falling behind...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker