Further critiques of the phonics check for 6 year olds in England


Two important critiques by Margaret Clark OBE, on synthetic phonics in literacy learning and the phonics check for 6 year olds in England, are published this week.

The first article, An Evidence-based Critique of Synthetic Phonics in Literacy Learning, was published in Issue 12 of Primary First.

The second, Encouraging and supporting reading in primary schools in England: the next steps, was published in the Education Journal, Issue 228. 

We are grateful to Margaret Clark,  Primary First and the Education Journal for allowing us to publish the articles on the UKLA website.

Both articles, in addition to footnotes to the first article, can be downloaded below.

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