Lesley Drake wrote:
Fundamentally disagree with you Mona.
Y1 screening check a really good way to apply leverage in order to get schools that don't teach phonics properly to focus on this and get their children to a good standard by end of Y1.
Knock on effect to Early Years as you can't do well on the Y1 screening check if you haven't been taught straight away from Nursery/Reception.
Parents shouldn't have to school proof their child and teach them to read. They pay taxes for the teachers to do this. Why pay for the dog and bark yourself?!
More power to the Y1 screening check, I say! Far more effective than the SATs.
Are you the militant arm of the RRF, Lesley?
Yes, the aim of the check is to force schools, in whatever circumstances they find themselves, to push phonics and get the children to a particular standard by the end of Y1. And there will be a knock on effect into early years, including nursery.
What isn't taken into account, or is dismissed as fluffiness, is the wider literacy curriculum (a bit blurry), the promotion of a love of books (terribly fluffy), and the wider needs of the pupils (too cuddly for words). Additionally the cold, hard fact that the majority of nursery age children do not know the difference between posterior and elbow, and need to learn that first.