Taking part in our research

Phonics Screening Check Year 3 Pilot

Project code: PHON

What are the purposes and aims of the project?

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has been commissioned by the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) to pilot the Phonics Screening Check with Year 3 pupils who have not met the required standard by the end of Year 2.

The trial will provide important information on the implications of extending the check beyond Year 2 to help inform future policy thinking.

How have schools been selected to take part?

A representative sample of schools has been randomly selected to trial these materials. If your school has been selected for trialling we will have written to your headteacher and informed your local authority should your school be LA maintained.

The pupils who are eligible to take part in this trial are those Year 3 pupils who have not met the required standard by the end of Year 2, as well as children who were absent or disapplied.

Participation in this project is completely voluntary, although we would encourage all sampled schools to take part in this important trial.

What does taking part involve?

If your school has been selected to take part, NFER would like you to provide basic pupil data such as name and Unique Pupil Number to support the administration of the pilot. Each eligible pupil will be administered the check on a one-to-one basis by a teacher who is known to the child, preferably the class teacher.

We will send you all the necessary materials to administer the check, which can be arranged at a time that is convenient to you in the period 13-17 June 2016. Similar to the live Phonics Screening Check, it will take approximately 10 minutes to administer the check with each pupil. When completed, NFER would like to collect the Phonics Screening Check answer sheets from your school.

We would also be grateful if the literacy coordinator in your school completes a short questionnaire about the strategies and teaching methods that are currently in place to support the participating pupils.

How will NFER use and protect the data collected?

All information relating to this project will be kept confidential by NFER and STA, and no individual or school will be identified in any report. The NFER will need to supply the STA with a list of the schools that agree to take part in the pilot and the pupil and answer sheet data to allow STA to undertake an analysis of the results of the pilot. NFER and STA will not disclose names of individuals or schools involved in the pilot either in any reports arising from the use of this data or in any other way. We are regrettably unable to give feedback to the schools who take part in this particular pilot.

Who can you contact for more information?

Our aim is that your experience of taking part in this trial is a positive one and we are on hand to support you throughout all stages of the trial period. Please feel free to contact our team on 01753 637139 or via email at PHON@nfer.ac.uk if you have any queries or require further information.