The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check explained

  • The Year One Phonics Screening Check is taken by pupils at the end of their first year of formal schooling (Year 1)
  • The check is based on phonics, a system which focuses on sounds rather than recognising whole words
  • Pupils are asked to sound out or decode a series of words, some of which are made up, to test their reading skills
  • This includes non-words like "voo", "terg", "bim", "thazz", "spron", "geck", "blan" and "fape".


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.