'Demoralising' phonics test

30th March 2012 at 01:00

There is growing concern that the high number of marks needed to pass new Year 1 phonics tests in England will demoralise children and even put them off reading. Only a third of pupils passed the pilot study, carried out in 300 schools last year. The coalition has no plans to lower the threshold when it is rolled out in England this summer.

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