Firstly let me say that before Letters and Sounds children also learned to read and write. This is how it works-Create a problem 'Children can't read' (apparently). Government use it to attack schools and teachers. Endless amounts of paper is sent to schools telling them how to do it properly. Headteachers panic because they think Ofsted will check if they are doing Letters and Sounds-pressure put on teachers. Advisors and private consultants step in and overcomplicate everything in order to justify their expenses and make themselves look like they are needed. Teachers feel confused as more and more jargon is heaped upon them. Private companies produce endless 'must have' resources. School go out and waste money. Five years down the line teachers told they are doing it wrong and we all start again... Force fed phonic teaching is the biggest turn off to reading ever.