As a result of the DfE changes to the teaching of phonics, many schools are still adjusting their EYFS and KS1 provision and we are here to help.
What is the government aim?
- To give all children a solid base on which to build as they progress through school
- To help children develop the habit of reading both widely and often, for both pleasure and information
Where do we start?
As you will be aware, the 2007 Letters and Sounds Framework has been removed from the DfE’s list of validated phonics programmes, as it does not provide the comprehensive support required to deliver a successful phonics programme on its own.
For schools that have already successfully implemented a support programme for the framework and have strong results to support this implementation, there is no insistence that they change their approach. However, every school must be able to show that they have a rigorous, systematic approach to phonics, that is being used with fidelity and achieving strong results for all pupils, including the most disadvantaged.
It is advised that the easiest way to achieve this is to use a full SSP (systematic synthetic phonics) programme from the validated list. In addition, any schools receiving support from an English Hub MUST choose a programme from this list. You can browse the range of books linked to validated SSP programmes here.
If you’re looking to update your phonics provision, our team can help and advise. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 666 6646 to chat through your requirements.
How does my school approach differ from others?
If you want to consider the approach used in your school in more detail, are perhaps looking to complete some CPD in this area, or are looking to reflect on the aspects of your provision that are working whilst building on research and recommendations from the wider sector, you may find some of these links useful.
This list will be updated regularly to help you keep abreast of current advice.