Over recent years, a vast amount of money has been spent by schools to train staff and buy resources to deliver quality Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) programmes. Sadly, however, investing in a highly-esteemed SSP programme is not a fail-safe guarantee for reading success.
During my work with beginner readers in schools, I have been asked:
“Does he need more phonics?”
When I inquire further, I find this question often means:
“Do we need to teach this child more letters and sounds?”
Yet, when I spend time with children who are experiencing difficulties in their reading development, I…
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