The DfE has carefully approved and selected phonics programmes and resources for mainstream classrooms and ‘catch-up’ pupils according to strict synthetic phonics criteria. These are featured in the DfE Phonics Match-Funding catalogue. This follows the Jim Rose report that concludes that Systematic Synthetic Phonics is the best method of teaching children to read.
Next we hear that the DfE has chosen ‘catch-up’ intervention programmes that have failed to pass its own criteria. What is going on? If the DfE has recommended Systematic Synthetic Phonics for all our pupils why are the weakest being denied this method?
Read about it on the Reading Reform Foundation for: http://www.rrf.org.uk/messageforum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5441