Phonics check risks distorting learning, says NAHT

This week children in year 1 will undertake the phonics check to assess their progress in reading. Commenting, Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT says “we wish all pupils, teachers and school leaders involved in the phonics check well this week. “It is important that teachers assess young readers so they know … Read more

New £10,000 grants to continue drive to eliminate illiteracy

School Reform Minister Nick Gibb announces new grants to help primary schools spread their reading expertise to other schools. Primary schools that excel at teaching pupils to read will receive £10,000 to help them spread their expertise to other schools – School Reform Minister Nick Gibb announced today (14 July 2015). Since the introduction of … Read more

100,000 more pupils on track to succeed in reading via phonics

Phonics check results show more pupils doing well. Three years on from the introduction of the phonics reading check, 100,000 more children are now on track to become excellent readers, figures released today (25 September 2014) reveal. The check, given to all pupils in year 1, ensures pupils are making the right progress in learning … Read more