TES: Open letter to Gove for abolition of Y1 phonics check

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TES: Open letter to Gove for abolition of Y1 phonics check

Post by Debbie Hepplewhite » Mon Jun 30, 2014 5:45 pm

I've started to build up a thread regarding the 'open letter' published by TES (Times Education Supplement) calling for the abolition of the statutory Year One phonics screening check in England:
Open letter to Michael Gove: 'Why the Year 1 phonics check must go'

Started by: TES_opinion 27-6-2014

A coalition of leading educationalists, organised by the UK Literacy Association, writes:

Dear Secretary of State,

Last week, all six-year-olds in England’s primary schools were tested through the government’s phonics check, together with the seven-year-olds who ‘failed’ it first time round last year. We, the undersigned, have serious concerns about the usefulness of this test, as well as the emerging negative effects on how children are taught to read in Key Stage 1 and their confidence as readers.

Officially, it is described as assessing text decoding skills. Actually, it is dangerously confused.
Signed by:
David Reedy, general secretary, UK Literacy Association
Andrew Davis, University of Durham
Greg Brooks, emeritus professor of education, University of Sheffield, chairperson, Federation of European Literacy Associations
John Gawthorpe, chairman, National Association for Primary Education
John Hickman, chair, National Association of Advisers for English
Russell Hobby, general secretary, National Association of Head Teachers
Chris Keates, general secretary, NASUWT
Paul Latham, chair, The Association for the Study of Primary Education
Bethan Marshall, chair, National Association for the Teaching of English
Professor Janet Moyles on behalf of The Association for the Professional Development of Early Years Educators
Professor Carole Torgerson, chair in education, Durham University School of Education
http://www.phonicsinternational.com/for ... .php?t=678

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