Secondary phonics

In its report ‘Removing barriers to literacy’ Ofsted concludes that secondary schools should continue with the systematic phonic teaching that primaries do so well. According to the report, many older students are falling behind with their literacy skills and this is attributed in part to a lack of post-primary phonics.

Other barriers include missing assessment data for year 7 students, insufficiently challenging targets being set, and, in some schools, a culture of poor behaviour. The report states that those from poorer backgrounds, and white British boys in particular, continue to generally underachieve in relation to their peers.

Ofsted: older pupils falter without phonics (TES)
Removing barriers to literacy (Ofsted report)

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