The synthetic phonics approach is used in all primary schools in England. If you are a trainee or beginning primary school teacher, you need to demonstrate a confidence in the teaching of phonics to meet the Teachers' Standards and gain QTS. This is a practical, up-to-date guide to teaching children to read using synthetic phonics. It helps you to understand the theory behind phonics and how children's learning of reading can develop. It gives you practical teaching strategies and outlines how you can assess and diagnose reading problems.
This second edition has been updated to include new chapters on the new Phonics Check in year 1 and overviews of popular phonics schemes used in England and Scotland.
Rhona Johnston trained as a primary school teacher and worked as a learning support teacher for a number of years. She was then a lecturer in psychology at the University of St Andrews, a Reader at the University of Birmingham, and since 2001 has been a Professor of Psychology at the University of Hull. With Joyce Watson she devised a synthetic phonics programme which they showed in their study in Clackmannanshire was very much more effective than other types of phonics teaching. Joyce Watson was an early years teacher for a number of years, and then a lecturer at the Northern College of Education, Dundee, for over 20 years. She is now a research fellow at the University of St Andrews. With Rhona Johnston she devised a synthetic phonics programme which they showed in their study in Clackmannanshire was very much more effective than other types of phonics teaching.