Phonics Screening Check Scores

Like many parents in my situation (Year 1 son involved in the first year of the process) I continue to be somewhat mystified by the Government (not schools, I realise the teachers I talk to are in broadly the same boat)

Our son is a good reader, we can see and hear that, the class teacher has told us, and recently when he was “benchmarked” he went up two levels. He has a solid knowledge of phonics, but as Michael Rosen continues to highlight, this approach doesn’t aid any reading for meaning, or more importantly a lack of understanding of the texts we read.

Our little lad takes great joy in telling us what he has found out when he reads, he loves factual books at the moment.

What was interesting and mystifying was his school report in reading. He achieved more than the “minimum standard” that Sir Jim Rose constantly mentions, 34/40. The Government facts show that 68% of our Year1 pupils won’t achieve this standard, thus the average pupil has to below the standard set by the Government.

Our son’s report has him down as a reader at the “expected level” and explains that this is the average

Confused? He is well above the minimum standard, thus in the top 20% (from my stats GCSE) but is only average in his report, which the Government has shown that the average pupil is below the minimum expected level?

Confused doesn’t start to begin to explain my feelings!

We think he’s had a good year at school, I’m taking him out to a well deserved “boys day out” tomorrow……..unless you know otherwise.

About sifish67

Co-owner of Kip McGrath Education Centres Ashford with wife Sally. Individualised learning programmes designed by fully qualified teachers with enhanced CRB checks. Providing quality education for 6-16 year olds who require tuition in maths, English, 11 , reading, comprehension, spelling and writing. Programmes are designed using a combination of books, worksheets and computer software which are exclusive to Kip McGrath Education Centres
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2 Responses to Phonics Screening Check Scores

  1. Alex says:

    My daughter also moved up two levels. She scored 15 at the phonic test (which is probably ok, considering the fact that she started to speak English only a year ago). Guess what – she is also in “line with national expectation”

  2. sifish67 says:

    Hi Alex, thanks for commenting. Your daughter is doing fabulously well, it’s easy for schools to label chidden who speak another language at home as average or even struggling. I see many children like this at our tuition centre and my first comment to them and their parents is “Wow, you are so smart being able to speak two languages at such a young age”. It’s all about perception, I perceive these children as very clever and get great rewards. 🙂

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