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Encouraging signs from the phonics screening report

 Today the DfE has published new data on phonics screening in England. Commenting on the report, Russell Hobby, NAHT general secretary said: “More and more year one pupils are meeting the expected standards in the government’s phonics tests.

“We’re seeing encouraging signs that we are starting to narrow the gap where it counts the most - in the early phases of a child's education. Let’s be clear though - it is teaching not testing that raises results. In fact, the government's test has come with an unwelcome side effect - the widespread teaching of nonsense words.” 

Louis Coiffait, CEO of NAHT Edge, the new service for the next generation of school leaders said: “Phonics tests do divide opinion but it is positive that we are seeing some progress in closing the gap for disadvantaged students. This gap will not close entirely until we also focus on factors beyond technical skills - time spent reading at home and with parents, range of vocabulary and the amount of conversation children hear.”

The new Read on Get On campaign, of which NAHT is a founder member, builds on the technical skills learnt in early education to instil a fundamental love of reading and marshals all the resources of society – schools, parents and communities – to deliver a highly ambitious target for literacy. NAHT believes that this is the model strategy for future gains.

NAHT’s Manifesto for Education contains five key points that we believe all political parties should sign up to. You can read more here: http://bit.ly/1BLx3cZ

More information on the Read On. Get On. campaign can be found here: readongeton.org.uk/

NAHT Edge is a new service for a new generation of school leaders. Find out more at nahtedge.org.uk


Page Published: 16/10/2014

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