I’ve been looking at an example of the phonics screening check from the DfE’s website. Here’s what it looks like in terms of structure: Section 1: the words and how they are structured in terms of consonants and vowels: tox CVC, bim CVC, vap CVC, ulf VCC, geck CVC, chom CVC , tord CVC, thazz CVC), blan… Continue reading The screening check, Sounds-Write style
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!
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!
At the end of last week the Standards and Testing agency of the DfE sent out to schools its ‘Y1 phonics screening check’, and I have to say that it is great news for Sounds-Write. It is proposed that the test will consist in a sample list of forty words. The structure will be as… Continue reading New Y1 phonics screening check – child’s play!
When I went to see Nick Gibb eighteen months ago at the House of Commons, he indicated that, if the Conservatives won the next election, he and Michael Gove would do two things. The first would be to invite providers of phonics programmes to submit themselves to a revised [The last government introduced the idea.]… Continue reading The G-Men come good