Phonics can fill the gaps like a timely Facebook update

What seemed like a fad has turned out to be a system that can help teachers and students, says one primary head

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There’s something slightly unnerving about the way Facebook updates me every day on how much older I’ve got. Each daily reminder of what I’d posted nearly a decade ago is just a little dig at my ever-greying hair, and increasingly unsociable lifestyle. Just recently, it’s also served as a useful reminder of how my thoughts have changed on some things.

Seven years ago, I started work at a new school, and in the first term the whole school was introduced to a new phonics scheme. I was broadly supportive of the principle, but had little interest in the practice. At the time, I was teaching a Year ...

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