After the Year 1 Phonics Check: What next?

Analysing and responding to the results

The Phonics Check is a short, simple diagnostic tool for informing classroom teachers how students are progressing in phonics.

The structure of the Phonics Check details how it has been designed and organised, and also provides a summary of the letter-sounds checked.

The results of the Phonics Check provide a starting point to evaluate students’ current level of phonics understanding, and can assist teachers to identify students who are:

  • progressing in line with year level expectations
  • exceeding year level expectations
  • needing additional support.

Combined with other observation and assessment evidence, the results can give teachers a more complete picture of their students’ learning needs. Teachers can respond by designing differentiated learning in their classrooms.

School leaders can respond with aligned approaches across the school.

The Phonics Check enables leadership to:

… track progress across the whole school site; establish if our work is translating into expected outcomes; compare how classes are performing; and put measures in place to equalise phonics learning opportunities across the whole early learning setting.

– 2017 Phonics Trial principal

Schools leaders


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Classroom teachers


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Individual students


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