Quotes are taken from the DfE/STA guidance.
Up to and including 2016 it had to be a teacher. TAs & HLTAs were not allowed to administer the check. This changed in 2017 and it now has to be a member of staff who is trained in phonics and known to the child. From 2018 the person also has to have experience in delivering phonics sessions to pupils. The member of staff can not be a relative or carer of a child taking the check.
'Pupils shouldn't take the check if they:
Yes, unless he/she has no understanding of GPCs.
As a guide, 1 day or 2 half days should be sufficient.
He/she has to be marked as absent when submitting the results.
If you believe a display could help children in anyway, it should be removed/covered before the check starts.
Children who use coloured overlays as part of normal classroom practice, can do so during the check.
Braille versions are available, but have to be ordered in advance (usually early May).
Various versions of the check will be available to download from the 'phonics screening check' section of the NC tools website: https://mcatools.education.gov.uk from the first day of the check period. These include versions with no pictures/black and white pictures (for those children who would find them distracting). You can make the following changes to these downloadable materials:
The guidance says: 'If a pupil uses sound buttons to help them decode words as part of normal classroom practice, they may use them during the administration of the check'. They will need to be given a clean copy of the check so they can mark the sound buttons against the graphemes themselves. Staff must not mark the graphemes for the children! Headteachers are able to download versions of the check from the NCA tools website: https://mcatools.education.gov.uk from the first day of the check period. If you are in any doubt about what constitutes 'normal classroom practice', you are best to check with STA.
The words in section 1 will have a variety of simple word structures (for example CVC, VCC, CCVC and CVCC) using single letters (a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, I, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, qu, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z), some consonant digraphs (ch, ck, ff, ll, ng, sh, ss, th, zz) and frequent and consistent vowel digraphs (ar, ee, oi, oo,or).
The words in section 2 will have a variety of more complex word structures (for example CCVCC, CCCVC, CCCVCC and two syllable words) with some additional consonant digraphs (ph, wh), some less frequent and consistent vowel digraphs, including split digraphs (a-e, ai, au, aw, ay, ea, e-e, er, ew, i-e, ie, ir, oa, o-e, ou, ow, oy, ue, u-e, ur) and trigraphs (air, igh). Graphemes which represent more than 1 phoneme: a (/a/ & /ar/), c (/c/ & /s/), ch (/ch/ & /c/ & /sh/), e (/e/ & /ee/), ea (/e/ &/ee/), er (/ur/ & schwa), g (/g/ & /j/), i (/i/ & /ie/), ie (/igh/ & /ee/), o (/o/ & /oa/), oo (/oo/ & /ew/), ow (/ou/ & /oa/), ou (x4?), s (/s/ & /z/), u (/u/ & /ue/).
All single letters of the alphabet will be covered during the check.
Non words will not be homophones for real words eg 'beek'.
2 syllable words will all be real words, but not compound.
Yes. Eg. If a child can't pronounce 'th' and usually says 'f', and reads the word 'think' as 'fink' in the check, that can be marked as correct.
Yes, but 'children should be isolated from the rest of the cohort during a rest break and the check must be completed on the same day'.
There is no time limit.
Self correction is allowed, but children must not be prompted to 'have another go'.
It has to be marked as incorrect.
It has to be marked as incorrect.
Yes, at any time.
You only need to show whether the word was read correctly/incorrectly. However, it can be very useful to write what the child actually said if they make as mistake, so you can see what they might need to practise. Mistakes can also be used for a question level analysis to see if there were common mistakes made by more than one child. This could inform future teaching.
Only your head teacher and other staff directly involved in the administration of the check. You can't share the check words with other staff at the school/other schools, on-line forums, social media (including blogs) and family members.
From the moment they arrive in school until just before the check is due to be administered. Once testing has begun, the materials must not be left anywhere unattended, as they could be seen by parents/other staff and this would constitute a breach of security.
This will be available on the DfE website: www.education.gov.uk/ks1 on the Monday after the check fortnight has finished.