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Literacy: Teaching Methods

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which reading programmes are approved by his Department for the teaching of synthetic phonics. (202070)

High-quality, systematic phonics, as advocated by the Rose review, should be the prime approach in teaching children to read.

The Department does not approve commercial phonics teaching programmes. To help schools and early years settings in choosing the appropriate phonics support, we have provided a set of core criteria that define the key features of an effective phonics teaching programme. The core criteria build directly on Jim Rose's recommendations.

Schools and settings are able to access self-assessments of commercial phonics resources on the Department's phonics website at

However, the existence of publishers' self-assessments on this site does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement of the products they represent.