National priorities

Practical resources and information to support student teachers in key priority areas

Literacy and English: a focus on the teaching of reading and systematic synthetic phonics

Teaching early reading using systematic synthetic phonics (SSP)
A briefing paper prepared by the Institute of Education providing an overview of some of the key issues.

Criteria for assuring high-quality phonic work (DfE)
Advice from the Department for Education on key features of an effective, systematic, synthetic phonics programme.

The Independent Review for the Teaching of Early Reading  (DfE)
A review of the teaching of early reading undertaken by the Department for Education and Skills in 2006.

Reading by six: How the best schools do it (Ofsted)
A report from Ofsted which draws from the practice of 12 outstanding schools in different parts of England to illuminate what works in teaching children to read.

Teaching the higher levels of phonics (DfE)
A PowerPoint presentation from the Department of Education which offers a collection of ten tried and tested ideas for use in the classroom.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check information (DfE)
A training video from the Department for Education to help teachers to prepare for the phonics screening check.

Phonics products and programmes (DfE)
To help schools and Early Years settings to choose an effective phonics teaching programme, the Department for Education has provided a set of core criteria that define the key features of an effective systematic synthetic phonics teaching programme.

Encouraging reading for pleasure (DfE)
A Department for Education website providing evidence for why reading for pleasure is so important, with case studies and practical ideas on how to promote reading in schools.

The National Literacy Trust
The National Literacy Trust's website, providing resources and information  to help transforms lives through literacy.

The Reading Agency
The Reading Agency's website, providing resources and information to help give everyone an equal chance in life by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers.