Nick Gibb outlines the rationale and success of the phonics screening check in a recent article for The Guardian. He draws attention to Newham, a Local Authority that uses Read Write Inc. Phonics in many of its schools. Despite being one of the poorest boroughs in the London, 80% of the children reached the required standard. Only 69% of children in East Sussex, one of the country’s richest boroughs, achieved the standard.
The phonics check has been in place for three years. Only 58% of children reached the expected standard in 2012 compare to 74% this year. Nick Gibb writes: “this means that 102,000 more five and six year olds are reading words more effectively than would have been the case if the government hadn’t made the systematic teaching of phonics a priority.”
He writes that teaching children to read using Phonics is proven to raise standards more rapidly than any other method.