Government backs controversial phonics test

Schools Minister Nick Gibb has backed a controversial new Government reading test which takes place across England this week.

Speaking to ITV 1's Daybreak Mr Gibb said the test will take place in a "non-stress" environment and insisted the method of Phonics was the most effective way to teach children to read.

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Teachers: 'Flawed' phonics test

As six-year-olds across England prepared to take the Government's controversial new reading test, three teaching unions raised fresh concerns that the check is "flawed" and could do more damage than good.