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Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics: Audit and Test

by David Waugh and Ruth Harrison-Palmer Learning Matters
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Systematic synthetic phonics is a clear government priority in schools and initial teacher training. The importance of teachers' understanding of phonics is outlined in the 2012 Teachers' Standards. This text supports trainees to understand their level of knowledge of systematic synthetic phonics and to highlight any areas in which they need to know more. Throughout, self audits are accompanied by guidance on next steps to develop knowledge further and notes on application in the classroom. Through demonstrating to trainees how their training has developed their knowledge of phonics, this text helps them to build the confidence to begin teaching.

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

David Waugh is a former deputy headteacher who worked in ITT from 1990 at University of Hull, where he led the PGCE course and became Head of Department. In 2008 he was appointed as one of two National Strategies Regional Advisers for ITT. He is currently Director of Primary ITT Programmes at Durham University, where he is also subject leader for English. He has published extensively in primary English, as well as developing e-learning resources for National Strategies for English, mathematics and mentoring and coaching.