Reading the signs of arbitary targets
What phonics "probably" does is contribute to the efficient teaching of reading and writing, especially where there are large classes and adult resources are at a premium. Similarly, there is no evidence that instruction in phonics before the age of six or seven has any effect on literacy levels at age 11.
Once again, it would seem, the best interests of children are to be sacrificed in the cause of politicians meeting ill-conceived and arbitrary targets, in this case key stage 1 national tests.
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