I've just received this email >As you may know, the Government plans to introduce a phonics screening check for all pupils at the end of Year 1, as part of its wider policy on using systematic synthetic phonics as the primary means of teaching reading. Under the Government's plans, the screening check would: be a 40 word test, with "non sense" words used for up to half of the test; be administered by a teacher during lessons in mid-June, ideally the same teacher for the whole school; have to be re-taken in the autumn term if the pupil did not do well enough; and have its results included in RaiseOnline, to inform Ofsted inspections and local authority monitoring, with use for school league tables not ruled out in the future. < I'm not personally worried about the ability of our Y1s reaching the agreed standards. However, I do worry about 3 things. We are already heavily criticised for marking KS1 tests accurately and causing problems for KS2 who have to provide CVA. Heaven help us if we are then having to juggle the marks from the reading test so they make progress in Y2 without compromising KS2. Synthetic phonics is great and has really helped those children who were always slower to read and helped many more children with spelling. It has not necessarily improved children's comprehension - a fact which parents are reluctant to accept. If parents get hold of the words, the children will be drilled until they can read the non sense words as sight vocabulary, nullifying the test.