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Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics

Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics
Audit and Test

November 2013 | 136 pages | Learning Matters
Can you demonstrate a clear understanding of systematic synthetic phonics?

If you are training to be a primary school teacher you need to have, and to demonstrate, a clear understanding of systematic synthetic phonics to meet the Teachers' Standards. This companion text to the popular Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics in Primary Schools enables you to audit your knowledge, making you more aware of the subject and the areas in which you need to know more. In all chapters, self audits are accompanied by guidance on next steps for developing your knowledge. All chapters feature sections that link your learning to the classroom, showing you how to use your knowledge to teach phonics. Designed to help build your confidence and develop your knowledge of phonics, this text supports your development as an effective teacher of reading.

This is a companion text to:
Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics in Primary Schools
Joliffe, Waugh and Carss

David Waugh is Director on Primary PGCE at Durham University where he is also the subject leader for English. He has published extensively in Primary English. David is a former deputy head teacher, was Head of the Education department at University of Hull, and was Regional Adviser for ITT for the National Strategies from 2008 to 2010. 

Ruth Harrison-Palmer is a former acting head teacher. She has worked for the National Strategies and Cumbria Local Authority as a literacy consultant. Currently Ruth has a senior role in ITE at the University of Cumbria. 

Discriminating Sounds and Phonemes
Grapheme-phoneme Correspondences and 'Tricky Words'
Decoding and Encoding Text
Long Vowel Diagraphs
Teaching Phonics in the Early Years
Multisensory Approaches
Teaching a Systematic and Structured Programme
Planning for Phonics
Tracking and Assessing Pupils' Learning
Phonics at Key Stage 2
Using a Range of Programmes and Resources
Appendix 1 - Initial Audit Answers
Appendix 2: Long Audit
Appendix 3: Long Audit Answers

Supplements the audit online

Mrs Ranjana McLean
Department of Education, London Metropolitan University
September 20, 2016

We carry out phonics audits twice a year in the three year programme. This will inform students, supplement their knowledge and help them ensure a good level of phonics understanding for this and their practice on placement.

Mrs Mikeala Morgans
Faculty of Education and Society, Sunderland University
May 6, 2016

Interesting but not relevant to the Early Years Foundation stage course

Mrs Karen Fullman
Human and Physical Sciences, South Thames College
January 12, 2015

A useful self-study guide to support student teachers' and build confidence in phonics subject knowledge and understanding.

Mrs Joy Mower
Department of Primary Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
October 19, 2014

Excellent introductory text on learning and teaching phonics. Informs teacher trainees of historical context and current theory alongside useful practical examples rooted in the classroom.

Suzy Holding
School of Education, Univ. of Hertfordshire
July 9, 2014


We have recommended for BEd students and Post Grads.

Mrs Andrea McGowan
Education Francis Close Hall, Gloucestershire University
January 30, 2014

This is an extremely useful text which allows students to test and also develop their own knowledge and understanding through audits and activities. It is a valuable independent study resource which will develop both competence and confidence in phonics teaching.

Ms Kate Allott
Initial Teacher Education, York St John University College
January 15, 2014

Very clear and appropriate level of detail.

Dr Ros Garrick
Education Charles Street, Sheffield Hallam University
December 3, 2013

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