The phonics screening check will be administered during the week commencing 17 June 2013.
To help prepare for the phonics screening check, teachers can watch a training video from the Department for Education on Vimeo.
Feedback from the pilot suggested that training on the scoring rules was essential for teachers administering the check to score consistently. It is therefore strongly recommended that all teachers who will be administering the check watch the video.
Teachers and headteachers should also read the 2013 Key Stage 1 Assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA) which sets out the requirements for the phonics screening check and other Key Stage 1 assessments. The ARA can be downloaded from this page.
The 2013 Check administrators' guide (CAG) is also available to download from the links section of this page. The CAG contains important information about what to do before, during and after the check.
Sample materials can be downloaded from this page. They contain information about the structure and content of the phonics screening check.
The Assessment framework sets out the specification for the development of the phonics screening check for 2012 and beyond.
A copy of the International phonetic alphabet can also be downloaded from this page, along with a factsheet about phonics for parents.
National Curriculum assessments helpline
Telephone: 0300 303 3013
This document features an example of what the check will look like.
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This document sets out the specification for the development of the phonics screening check for 2012 and beyond.
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This document explains symbols from the International phonetic alphabet (IPA) which are included in guidance documents for the Year 1 phonics screening check.
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This transcript is to be used in conjunction with the phonics screening check training video.
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Updated 14 February 2012.
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This statutory guidance covers assessment and reporting arrangements for Key Stage 1. It includes guidance about the Key Stage 1 tasks and tests, and the phonics screening check; and information about reporting results.
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This template can be used by schools to report phonics screening check results to parents, for children who have met the standard of the check.
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This template can be used by schools to report phonics screening check results to parents, for children who have not met the standard of the check.
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This document provides further evidence of the validity and reliability of the Year 1 phonics screening check via a quantitative item analysis of the data from the live 2012 administration.
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Information for Reception and Key stage 1 teachers about how they might respond to the results of the Year 1 phonics screening check.
Questions and answers about the phonics screening check, including a leaflet to download for parents.
This document should be read by anyone who is involved in the administration and scoring of the 2013 phonics screening check. It contains important information about what to do before, during and after the check.
If you are unable to access the phonics video on Vimeo, you may be able to access it on YouTube. Alternatively, please try the London Grid for Learning community site.
If the Vimeo and YouTube websites are blocked, you can also watch the video on the London Grid for Learning website which may not be blocked by your school network.
This document provides a technical evaluation of the phonics screening check pilot in 2011.