– Schools Minister Nick Gibb
There is a weight of international evidence which demonstrates that phonics is the most effective way of teaching early reading.
"It is crucial for children to master the basics of reading as early as possible so they can go on to develop a real love of reading.
"Parents want to know exactly how well their children are performing and, if they need help, what their teachers are doing to provide it. This check will help teachers to keep parents fully informed."
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.