Phonics Screening and SEN

Make Phonics Fun

The Department of Education wants the check to be taken by as many pupils as possible and have worked closely with SEN specialists to make this happen.

Where necessary, adjustments will be made and appropriate guidance provided for SEN pupils.

For pupils who are working well below the level of the phonics screening check (for example, if they have shown no understanding of letter-sound correspondences) there will be a process in place so that they do not have to take part. Parents should be informed, if this applies to their child.

Further information is available in the Government's document on: Assessment and Reporting Arrangements and also in their Phonics Screening Check Materials.

 (Source:  Department of Education website)

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
  • SENsational Maths for SEN Teaching
  • SENsational Literacy
  • Phonics to Spelling CD