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Letters and Sounds: Principles and practice of high quality phonics

Early years foundation stage practitioner, Education adviser, Headteacher, Inclusion staff, Lead intervention teacher, Senior leadership team (SLT), Subject leader, Teacher
Assessment resources, Continuing professional development (CPD), Good practice, Guidance, Leadership, Management resources, Planning resources, Programmes of study, Training materials, Guidance, Initial teacher training (ITT), Intervention, Letters and sounds, Teaching and learning
Pack, Key document, Key resource, Teaching notes


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Letters and Sounds has been developed in line with the DCSF core criteria for phonics, which determines systematic, high quality phonics work. It builds on the Progression and Pace document and replaces Progression in Phonics and Playing with Sounds. For further information on phonics, please visit the Phonics website.

The Principles and practice of high quality phonics pack consists of materials designed to assist practitioners and teachers in promoting speaking and listening skills so that, by the end of Key Stage 1, children have developed fluent word reading skills and have a good foundation in spelling and letter writing.

The Principles and practice of high quality phonics pack includes ‘notes of guidance’. which form an introduction to Letters and Sounds and are intended to help practitioners and teachers use the programme effectively. Guidance on the principles of the 'Six-phase Teaching Programme' is included, together with some frequently asked questions.

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