DfE · Phonics screening check · Standards and Testing Agency

Phonics screaming check!

We’re coming up to the second phonics screening check in June and already I hear sounds (no pun intended) of anxiety whispered in school corridors and teaching rooms. Of course, if teachers have been doing what they should have been trained to do, there wouldn’t be a problem and everyone would relax. The screening check is… Continue reading Phonics screaming check!

DfE · Peter Crome · phonics

Policy in place, practice not undertaken!

Reflections on the statement by the DfE that only 27% of schools use phonics systematically:Peter Crome, professor of geriatric medicine at Keele University and chair of the National Audit of Dementia, was talking on Radio 4 this morning about the Audit’s findings. As I listened, I heard him say that the ‘policies were in place,… Continue reading Policy in place, practice not undertaken!