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Department for Education phonics screening check guide

Key points to note:

  • Threshold mark
    The threshold mark will not be included with the test materials. It will be available on the DfE's website on Monday 30 June.
  • Use of 'sound buttons'
    If a child uses ‘sound buttons’ to help them decode words as part of normal classroom practice they may use them during the administration of the check. The child must be provided with a clean copy of the check so that they can mark the sound buttons against the graphemes themselves. You must not mark the graphemes for the child.

Download the 2014 administrator guide