That's not me then. I am not a proponent of 'mixed methods'. I just oppose the wholesale adoption of SP and the way it is being foisted on teachers and children currently. As they say this is a new approach, despite the fact that it has been around for at least a decade, the burden of proof is with the SP proponents, isn't it? You don't need to be a research scientist to marshall arguments against the phonics check! I've already posted them on here once today, so just look through today's posts. Have a look at all the phonics check threads and see many opinions and evidence from teachers who have been testing their children.