The NUT (National Union of Teachers) have announced that have voted to ballot for action over the new phonics check. This assessment is a Government initiative designed to measure the reading ability of children at a young age. The NUT say that the test will risk making failures of five year olds at the earliest stage of their formal education.
The NUT ran a survey and found that 9/10 of the respondents thought that there would be little educational worth in performing the test. The unions biggest fear is that the results of the phonics test will be used by the DFES to produce league tables or by Ofsted during inspections. The DFES says: “Standards of reading need to rise. At the moment around one in six children leaves primary school unable to read to the level we expect. The new check is based on synthetic phonics, a method internationally proven to get results.”