Teaching unions raise fresh concerns over reading test

Phonics should not be the only game in town; it is just one of many equally valid and useful methods of teaching children how to read. Phonics checks for six-year-olds risk doing more damage than good."

– Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) general secretary Dr Mary Bousted

Phonics is an essential part of early literacy, but this approach risks distorting teaching and reduces freedom."

– National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) general secretary Russell Hobby

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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.