How to…stop students from guessing

In our ‘how to…’ series we are going to delve into all things phonics instruction and give you our expert advice on developing confident readers. *** Many pupils will have been encouraged to use guessing strategies by well-meaning teachers and tutors, such as guessing clues from the picture or the context, and/or skipping the word […]

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Why are children still guessing and not decoding?

Reports are coming back from schools that despite Synthetic Phonics being taught in Reception classes, many children are failing to learn to decode.  This has been reflected in the results of the Y1 Phonics Check with 58% reading 32 out of 40 words correctly.  Why is this happening?

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