Effectively Using Phonics to Increase Attainment and Improve Learning

27 September 2016, Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London, W1W 6JJ

Senior Research Manager Matt Walker presented on NFER’s recent evaluation of the Phonics Screening Check. The phonics screening check was introduced in 2012 and is designed to confirm whether pupils in Year 1 have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard, and help teachers identify pupils who need extra help to improve their decoding skills.

Matt led the three year evaluation of the Phonics Screening Check for the Department for Education over the course of its introduction. He will be discussing the impact of the check so far on teaching and children’s literacy, and the lessons that have been learnt. A full report of the findings can be found on the NFER website.

Matt is a member of NFER’s Impact Team which is leading efforts to ensure that our research engages effectively with policymakers, teachers, and others involved in the education sector to ensure that policy and practice are consistently informed by the best available evidence.