This section contains information about National Curriculum tests, phonics screening checks and Key Stages 1 and 2 planning charts.
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General article 17 May 2013
Introduction to choosing an effective phonics teaching programme covering core criteria and the self-assessment process.
Multi-page article 17 May 2013
Information for teachers about the use of performance scales (P scales) and how they should be used for reporting attainment for pupils with special educational needs who are working below level 1 of the National Curriculum.
General article 25 April 2013
Questions and answers about the phonics screening check, including a leaflet to download for parents.
FAQ 09 April 2013
Information for Reception and Key stage 1 teachers about how they might respond to the results of the Year 1 phonics screening check.
General article 05 February 2013
Answers to questions about systematic synthetic phonics, including teaching, resources and matched funding.
FAQ 29 January 2013
Latest information about match-funding, and our approved supplier catalogue of systematic synthetic phonics products and training.
General article 29 January 2013
Answers to some general questions about the Dux award scheme.
FAQ 07 December 2012
A report analysing research evidence on writing, including domestic and international sources in pupils’ achievement, effective teaching and the gender gap.
General article 15 November 2012
Information for international schools about ordering National Curriculum tests for 2013.
Multi-page article 13 November 2012