Do I have to spell it out? Synthetic phonics works

Despite the ‘disturbing’ social media backlash, this former teacher is going to carry on her literacy crusade

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I gave evidence last month at the Scottish Parliament on my petition to improve literacy standards in schools through researchinformed reading instruction. It calls for national guidance, support, and professional learning for teachers – and trainee teachers – specifically in systematic synthetic phonics.

I have been trying to raise awareness about this for the past three years, through blogs, opinion pieces and letters to various MSPs, including education secretary John Swinney, and to the General Teaching Council for Scotland. Responses from those in positions of power and influence have ...

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