Guidance sent to schools in 1990 by the government-appointed National Curriculum Council includes the following statement:
"The Education Reform Act does not prescribe how pupils should be taught.
It is the birthright of the teaching profession, and must always remain so, to decide on the best and most appropriate means of imparting education to pupils."
How times change. Is synthetic phonics New Labour's answer to personalised learning?
Sheila Dainton Petersfield, Hampshire