The Phonics Check needs to be independently reviewed

Commenting on the 2019 phonics screening check and national curriculum assessments at key stage 1, Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said “The over-emphasis on Phonics has distorted the teaching of reading in schools, and has produced no discernible increase in children’s ability to read with understanding and pleasure. The Phonics Check is another example of a test which undermines, rather than supports, the principle of a broad and engaging curriculum in primary schools. The Union calls for it to be independently reviewed, so that its value and effects can be objectively evaluated.”  FE News reports.

Free schools in England are helping give six and seven-year-olds the basic skills they need for future success, as they outperform other types of school for the fifth year in a row.

The statistics show:

  • 82% of pupils met the expected standards in phonics – up from 58% in 2012
  • This figure rises to 87% in mainstream free schools
  • 75% of year 2 pupils reach the expected standard in reading, 69% in writing, 76% in maths and 82% in science
  • For mainstream free schools these figures rise to 79% in reading, 73% in writing, 79% in maths and 85% in science
  • Girls outperform boys in both phonics and Key Stage 1 assessments
  • London is the best performing area in the country in both phonics and Key Stage 1 assessments

Read more The Phonics Check needs to be independently reviewed 

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