Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics in Primary Schools by Wendy Jolliffe, David Waugh, Angela Carss

Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics in Primary Schools

Written by Wendy Jolliffe, David Waugh, Angela Carss
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Part of the Transforming Primary QTS Series Series


Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics in Primary Schools by Wendy Jolliffe, David Waugh, Angela Carss

Systematic synthetic phonics is a key strategy in the teaching of reading. This text supports trainee teachers working towards primary QTS in how to use phonics effectively. It explores what works in phonics teaching, and why. It begins with the subject knowledge that underpins effective teaching and goes on to explore pedagogy from the early years to Key Stage 2. The book includes a review of different popular phonics programmes, set against the DfE (2011) criteria for high-quality phonics teaching. This second edition has been updated in line with the new National Curriculum, includes new guidance on the Year 1 phonics screening check and new lessons ideas and practical guidance for teaching phonics.


I found the information on the pedagogy of phonics, especially teaching phonics in KS2, very useful. I enjoyed reading about how and why to teach phonics in KS2 as this is something which I think is overlooked in many other phonics books.

Assessment is also mentioned in some parts of the book. I found this helpful as sometimes the only type of phonics assessment mentioned is the Phonics Screening Test which mostly summative. The book, however, suggests formative assessment opportunities which is very insightful!

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About the Author

Dr Wendy Jolliffe is Head of Scarborough School of Education at the University of Hull and has strategic responsibility for Teacher Education. Wendy is a former deputy headteacher who has worked in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) for 10 years. She worked as a Regional Adviser for ITT for the National Strategies from 2008 to 2010. David Waugh is subject leader for Primary English at Durham University. A former deputy headteacher, David worked in ITT from 1990 at the University of Hull, where he led the PGCE course and became Head of Department. In 2008 he was appointed as National Strategies Regional Adviser for ITT. As well as his educational writing, David also writes children's stories, including Lottie's Run published in 2015. Angela Carss is an experienced teacher with a particular interest in early reading. Angela is also a part-time primary English tutor at Durham University and provides expert input on phonics and early reading for both undergraduates and postgraduates.

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232 pages


Wendy Jolliffe, David Waugh, Angela Carss
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Learning Matters Ltd an imprint of SAGE Publications Ltd

Publication date

18th May 2015



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