In his letter published on 25 March, Professor Norman Thomas wrote: "We read for context and understanding. The phonics experiment in Scotland did not get good results on that."
Wrong. The results for reading comprehension in Clackmannanshire, following synthetic phonics teaching, were remarkable. At the end of primary school, children from an area of economic deprivation scored three months above chronological age.
Elizabeth Nonweiler, Teach to Read, Berkshire.