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

St Edward's Catholic Primary, Boston Spa, Wetherby

Pass Rate (2013): 100%

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

  • Quick identification of slow progress children
  • Early support – 10 minutes a day one-to-one tutoring
  • Practice of sounds throughout the day – carried in aprons by teachers.
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

Pass Rate (2012): 93%

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

  • Investing time in CPD - I demonstrate and team-teach lessons daily
  • Regular and rigorous assessments flag up children that need additional support
  • Implementing daily one-to-one sessions led by fully trained staff members.
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

Pass Rate (2013): 90%

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

  • Regular reading of non-words - practise a few of these daily to assess their learning
  • Refer to the grapheme chart throughout the day to build sound-grapheme awareness
  • Hold workshops for parents where resources are shared to support pupils at home.
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

Pass Rate (2013): 90%

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

  • Teachers found creative ways to read non-words daily - make it fun!
  • Arrange workshops to teach parents how to use the resources and support reading at home
  • 10 minutes a day one-to-one tutoring for pupils identified as making the slowest progress.
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."

We offer free Phonic Screening Check Prep sessions for schools that have received Read Write Inc. Phonics training. Available in the Spring term, these sessions are open to Reading Leaders, Reception and Year 1 Teachers.

What is the phonics screening check?

"The phonics screening check is a short, simple assessment to make sure that all pupils have learned phonic decoding to an appropriate standard by the age of 6. All year 1 pupils in maintained schools, academies and free schools must complete the check.

The phonics check will help teachers identify the children who need extra help so they can receive the support they need to improve their reading skills. These children will then be able to retake the check in year 2.

The check comprises a list of 40 words and non-words which the child will read one-to-one with a teacher."

(Department for Education)

Watch our parent information video explaining the check: