Phonics Screening - What is it?

Phonics Screening - Non Words

What is the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check?

The purpose of the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check is to confirm whether individual pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard.

Pupils who have not reached this standard at the end of Year 1 should receive extra support from their school to ensure they can improve their phonic decoding skills. Pupils will then have the opportunity to retake the phonics screening check.

Are you prepared for the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check?

There has been much debate over the Phonics Screening Check but, whether you agree with it or not, it is here for the foreseeable future and it’s another initiative that primary schools and Year 1 teachers need to embrace. 

How to get help with the Phonics Screening Check:

To assist in this process we have some tips, pointers and background information to guide you through the Phonics Screening Check process. 

Make Phonics Fun

We have also produced a modular phonics resource  called Make Phonics Fun that is designed especially with the phonics screening check in mind. 

It happily runs alongside class topics and current phonics schemes of work - making it the perfect accompaniment to your phonics teaching. 


- Watch the Department of Education's Phonics Screening Training Video
- Get hold of a copy of the Summer topics edition of Make Phonics Fun!

Other helpful information about the Phonics Screening Check:  

  1. Phonics Screening - What is it?
  2. Phonics Screening Preparation
  3. Phonics Screening Teacher Training Video
  4. Why use Pseudo Words?
  5. Help with Pseudo / Non-Words
  6. Phonics Screening and SEN
  7. Phonics Screening Resources
  8. Phonics Screening  - The Pilot
  9. What Pilot schools have to say
  10. Further information - Department of Education FAQs

Related teaching resources

  • Make Phonics Fun - Summer topics
  • Phonics Planning 3rd edition cover
  • Phonic Families book and CD
  • Phonics to Spelling CD