Phonics training for Lincolnshire pupils

PHONIC schools in Lincolnshire are benefitting from new phonics products and training which is driving up their pupils’ standards of reading.

Lincolnshire County Council is one of only seven authorities which has promoted the best take up of the training on phonics package with more than one in three schools already signed up for products.

Phonics teaches children how to recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes. It identifies the sounds that different combinations of letters make such as “sh” or “oo” and blends these sounds together to make a word. Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they see, the first important step in learning how to read.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, said: “Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way it helps young children to read and is particularly helpful for those aged five to seven. Almost all children who have a good teaching of phonics will learn the skills they need to tackle new words and go on to read any kind of text. Most importantly they will read for enjoyment. It also helps those children who find learning to read difficult including those who have dyslexia.”

CfBT, who lead the county council’s school improvement service, are one of only two local authority based providers of phonics training nationally, although they cover the whole of the East Midlands.