Nursery World headline: “Schools bribed to use phonics, M.P’s report says”. Phonics test for five and six year olds.

Nursery World publishes a piece on how schools have been ‘bribed’ to use phonics:

“In a report into overcoming the barriers to literacy, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education says that cash-strapped schools are being pushed into using synthetic phonics, because they are offered matched funding if they buy approved phonics products and training. It says that schools must buy resources from a small range of products from only one source.

The report emphasises that literacy policy should focus on instilling a love of reading to increase children’s motivation, well-being and attainment. The report, which is based on evidence from nearly 600 teachers and educationalists, says that the Government’s focus on synthetic phonics is at odds with the views of schools and education experts, who recommend a broad-ranging approach to literacy. “

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks very much for your views, Susan. There will no doubt be more debate on this when the book on early years education appears in September. I have contributed a chapeter to it, and there are also also chapters by many other prominent early years educationalists including I believe the former Chair of the Education Committee Barry Sheerman. More details when I get them from the distributors. Best Frances

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  2. Perhaps you’d like to read MY article and the comments which followed:

    The *real* story behind the APPG on Education’s report

    http://www.rrf.org.uk/messageforum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4925

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