Phonics screening check

Are you set up for success in the Year 1 screening check?

In many of our top Read Write Inc. schools 80% of children or more achieved the expected level in the screening check. Use our checklist to ensure your children are ready.

Find out how our best schools ensured success




Children review Speed Sounds in the playground
with their teacher at St Edward’s Catholic Primary,
Boston Spa

 St Edward's Catholic Primary, Boston Spa, Wetherby - 100% pass rate 2013

Chris Power, Reading Leader at St Edward's, says these are the three things that make a difference:

As reading leader, I develop the teaching on a daily basis. My role is to motivate all staff to teach with energy and enthusiasm. Communication is also key - we meet regularly to develop the teaching of a particular aspect of the programme.”

Cuckoo Hall, Edmonton, North London - 93% pass rate 2012

Erini Tooulis, Reading Leader at Cuckoo Hall, tells us three key steps to their success in the Year 1 screening check:

Ongoing staff development means that we are continually improving the teaching in all groups to make sure every pupil makes good progress.

Roman Road Primary, Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne - 90% pass rate 2013

Beth Allen, Reading Leader at Roman Road, shares three key things that helped to achieve these results:

I hold regular meetings with my staff to demonstrate and review the teaching. Communication between all teaching staff and myself about pupil progress is essential.

Plaistow Primary, Newham, East London - 90% pass rate 2013

Rebecca Millard, Reading Leader at Plaistow Primary, shares three ways she achieved reading success:

Many parents were confused about the way we were teaching reading at school so we ran workshops where we taught them how to say the sounds and gave out free resources to use at home