A Parents' Guide To
Primary Testing

What year is your child in?

The truth about
The Phonics Screening Check

  • Year 1 pupils must sit the Phonics Screening Check in the summer term
  • The test is imposed on schools by government. 85% of heads and two-thirds of teachers are against it
  • The results are used to judge schools so more time is spent on phonics than other teaching methods
  • The check’s nonsense words test children’s decoding skills, not their reading ability
  • 89% of heads and 94% of teachers believe the test provides no useful additional information about pupils
  • 20% of children – disproportionately those from disadvantaged backgrounds – fail the test and must re-sit a year later

Research: Newman University; UCL IoE

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