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Communicating Phonics is a guide to support teachers delivering and interpreting the phonics screening check to children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). The guide will help teachers to deliver the check this June, but also has lots of useful tips and advice to support the overall literacy development of children with SLCN.

Please click here to download the booklet free of charge.

Why should I read Communicating Phonics?
The phonics checklist, also known as the phonics test or phonics screen, was administered to Year 1 children from June 2012. The Department for Education has supplied universal guidance for administering the checklist and for interpreting and responding to the results. Please visit the Department for Education website at www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning and look at the materials in the 'Testing and assessment' (Key Stage 1) and 'Pedagogy and practice' sections.

There are, however, implications for many children with special educational needs (SEN) and particularly those with SLCN. Results from its first year have highlighted that for many children with SLCN, the phonics check is challenging.

23% of pupils with SLCN achieved the required standard, compared to 65% of pupils who don't have special educational needs. As only 8% of pupils with SLCN were disapplied, this means that over two thirds of children with SLCN who took the check, didn't ultimately achieve the required standard. 

This guide, put together with the expertise of nearly 50 of specialist organisations, will support teachers in delivering the test but also in overall literacy development of children with SLCN. The guide was produced last year and has already become our most popular resource.

"As an adviser, it has been a valuable tool to take to schools to help them think about the literacy development of children with SLCN"
"Improved access to the test for some children and additional resources very useful"

"... this resource has opened up discussions on literacy issues with teachers about children I am working with and we have shared our knowledge/observations which hopefully has led to better support for the children - using knowledge from teacher and SLT to support their literacy."

Don't forget, the guide isn't just about the phonics check. You will find lots of information and guidance to support the literacy development of children with SLCN beyond the check itself.

For factboxes about the phonics check please click here.

How should I use Communicating Phonics?
Communicating Phonics provides a general overview of issues and then detailed information on 14 different types of SLCN, with a particular focus on the phonics test. It also gives details on how to interpret the outcomes of the test and support the literacy development of children with SLCN.

We know how busy teachers are so the guide has been organised so that you can dip in and easily access the information you need. 

You can either download the whole document, each individual section, or the subsection that relates to each SLCN.

Please click here to download the booklet free of charge.

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