Education: English

House of Lords written question – answered on 22 May 2012.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what action is being taken to secure pupils' early reading skills by the end of key stage 1 in response to the Ofsted Report Moving English Forward.

Photo of Lord Hill of Oareford Lord Hill of Oareford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Securing pupils' early reading skills is a top priority for the Government. In particular, we are committed to promoting the use of systematic synthetic phonics in the teaching of early reading. To do this we are providing up to £3,000 of match-funding for phonics products and training to schools with key stage 1 pupils. The products include materials that will help children who need additional support in reading to catch up, and the training will enable teachers to embed and refine their teaching practice.

From June this year, all pupils in year 1 will sit a phonics screening check to assess their ability to decode and read words using phonics. The check will be carried out by teachers, and will help them to identify those children in need of additional support.

The Government have also published core criteria that define the key features of effective systematic synthetic phonics programmes to assist schools in selecting resources.

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