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The Phonics Debate: Research Summary

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A summary of the research on the use of phonics in the teaching of reading and spelling

The phonics debate: Research summary

‘At the recent Basic Skills Agency Debates Conference on the subject of the teaching of literacy, phonics proved to be one of the recurring themes of the day. One of the speakers and panelists at the conference, Professor Greg Brooks from Sheffield University, and a member of the Rose review into phonics, discussed the use of phonics in the initial teaching of reading and spelling based on data from his own tests and the recent DfES funded review. Set to be a hot topic in education for the foreseeable future, we have summarised the main points of the Systematic Review of the Research Literature on the use of Phonics in the Teaching of Reading and Spelling by Professor Brooks, Carole Torgerson and Jill Hall which was a joint project by the Universities of York and Sheffield.’

To read the research summary, visit the Basic Skills Agency website.

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