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."
More top news
The Government said Judge Munby's plan to tag adults thought to be at risk of joining Islamic State was "novel".
July has been a month of extremes - a heatwave brought temperatures up to 37C to begin with and ended on a low last night.
Frustrated NatWest customers have taken to Twitter after they were unable to login to their online banking today.