The teaching of reading has a high profile in the new Education Inspection Framework, from the design of the curriculum through implementation to impact. This includes a section focusing specifically on what inspectors will consider in regard to reading with a key emphasis on getting children off to a good start through the effective teaching of phonics.
From conversations with leaders and teachers who have had an inspection this term and from reading a number of inspection reports I have put together the following check list for you to consider in regard to your school.
- Phonics is taught from early on in Reception
- Leaders have a good grasp of what is happening with regard to phonics in their school
- There is a range of decodable texts which link to the phonics scheme you are using and pupils are reading books which match what they are learning in their phonics sessions
- All staff teaching phonics have had comprehensive training and demonstrate excellent subject knowledge – this includes teaching assistants
- There are clear expectations of what pupils need to be learning at different points during the school year
- The progress of all pupils is monitored carefully through ongoing tracking and assessment
- Action to address difficulties is prompt and effective ensuring that the vast majority of pupils reach or exceed national expectations
These, and other issues, will be explored further at our Leading on Phonics CPD course in Chelmsford on 18th November