Phonics publishers’ joy as government steps back from Letters and Sounds

Phonics publishers’ joy as government steps back from Letters and Sounds

Educational publishers have welcomed the UK government’s announcement that it will not develop a full programme arounds its Letters and Sounds handbook, which comes after lobbying from the sector. 

Letters and Sounds is a systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) manual published by the Department for Education & Skills in 2007 as part of its drive to improve literacy. It is now used in around 70% of primary schools, according to Chris Jolly of Jolly Phonics, but literacy has stalled because of the lack of resources provided to go alongside it. 

“Letters and Sounds has no classroom resources, ju...

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