This document sets out the parameters the phonics screening check creators have to follow each year when devising the check. It lists the types of words and graphemes they may use.
• As reference document, which teachers can used to familiarise themselves with the possible content of the check.
Each of the folders below contains the children's materials, answer sheet, practice sheet, scoring guidance and check administrator's guide for that year.
• As a practice paper to use with children in preparation for the phonics screening check. It can be useful to do this with all children in Y1 during the second half of the spring term, to ascertain which children would benefit from extra phonics support during the early summer term in order to acquire any knowledge and skills that aren't secure. It also identifies children who have a tendency to rush and make silly mistakes, even though they have the necessary knowledge and skills to potentially do well. It might be useful to do this practice check under the same conditions as the 'real one', as this will also identify children who may feel anxious being in a room with one adult and may not show their potential in the check.
• As a practice paper for teachers new to administering the phonics screening check to use with a few children either late spring term or early summer term in order to feel confident about administering the check correctly.
NB: If you are a parent/carer, by all means look at the papers to see the sort of words your child is expected to be able to read by the end of year one. PLEASE DO NOT PRINT OUT THE PAPERS TO USE WITH YOUR CHILD. Schools often use these papers as part of their assessment of children's phonic skills and if a child has already done them at home, the school will not get an accurate picture of your child's strengths and areas for development and he/she may not then receive the right additional support that may be necessary.
NB: No new Check Administrator's Guide was produced in 2015.