Why ‘mixed methods’ scupper mastering the phonic code

Time and again, research has shown that mastering the phonic code is key to successful, fluent reading. The mastery of this knowledge is particularly vital for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Experienced teachers will have observed that some children manage to unscramble the phonic code for themselves, and will learn to read regardless of how they […]

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What to say to phonics sceptics

In the UK, we often hear people making anti-phonics claims in the media. Usually, these demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding of Synthetic Phonics. Mike Lloyd-Jones, in his book Phonics and the Resistance to Reading, lists these incorrect assertions and challenges them. Based on his book, here is how we can answer their claims: “The […]

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