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Teaching Synthetic Phonics

Second Edition

December 2014 | 192 pages | Learning Matters

The synthetic phonics approach is used in all primary schools in England.  If you are a trainee or beginning primary school teacher, you need to demonstrate a confidence in the teaching of phonics to meet the Teachers' Standards and gain QTS.  This is a practical, up-to-date guide to teaching children to read using synthetic phonics.  It helps you to understand the theory behind phonics and how children's learning of reading can develop.  It gives you practical teaching strategies and outlines how you can assess and diagnose reading problems.

This second edition has been updated to include new chapters on the new Phonics Check in year 1 and overviews of popular phonics schemes used in England and Scotland.


This comprehensive and up-to-date guide helps in understanding the theory behind phonics - without that knowledge, teaching loses its meaning. It shows how children's learning of reading develops and helps in understanding the process, whether it is going smoothly or if problems are encountered. The systematic coverage means teachers can ensure every aspect is covered fully before moving on; there is a plethora of information here to inform and thus improve teaching.

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Parents in Touch

Useful as overview text. Will be recommending on other ITE programmes which I currently teach on, in addition to PGCE and School Direct

Mrs Nicola Rose Banks
Faculty of Education and Society, Sunderland University
July 21, 2016

A good text for students to develop knowledge as well as meaning surrounding teaching with phonics.

Miss KATY MEREDITH
CARE DEPARTMENT, COLEG Y CYMOEDD
June 12, 2015

This text supports knowledge as well as meaning surrounding teaching with phonics. It provides clarity of how children's learning of reading develops.
welcomed information to inform and improve teaching.

Mrs Sharon Colilles
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Beckett University
March 17, 2015

Supporting student teacher's understanding of SSP in preparation for teaching in the younger years of primary.

Mrs Catherine Carden
Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
February 5, 2015

clear and simple, theory and practice outlined well

Ms Karen Tulloch
Department of Education, Saint Mary's University College
February 2, 2015

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