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Phonics reading check and Key Stage 1 results published

National, regional and local authority results for the Year 1 phonics reading check and Key Stage 1 results are published yesterday.

The results for the phonics reading check show that 58 per cent of six-year-olds reached the expected standard (32 out of 40). Thanks to the check, teachers have identified over 235,000 pupils who will now receive additional reading support from the school.

The check is a short, light-touch assessment of the phonic skills of pupils at the end of Year 1. It assesses their ability break down and blend words using systematic synthetic phonics, the internationally proven method of driving up reading standards, especially in children aged five to seven.

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