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West Berkshire phonics scheme off to a 'Flying Start'

We're delighted that the Department of Education has validated our phonics scheme for national use.

Posted by: Communications team on 07 March 2023 13:24
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The scheme, 'A Flying Start with Letters & Sounds' has been added to a list of approved schemes that can be used nationally in early years settings and schools.

It is a systematic, synthetic phonics programme that enables children to develop good language skills and a wide vocabulary, acquire the skills to read independently and foster a love of reading.

This impressive piece of work has been led by the council's Early Years Foundation Stage Adviser & Phonics Lead.

Dominic Boeck, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education says,

"This is a brilliant achievement that will help not only children in West Berkshire to develop a life-long love of reading, but across the UK too. It really is a game changer that offers endless benefits.

 "I'd like to thank everyone involved in this important project. Their commitment and hard work will make a tangible difference to many people. I hope that as many schools as possible will implement a Flying Start with Letters and Sounds as part of their curriculum."

The programme provides a wide range of teaching tools including a comprehensive teaching manual on how to deliver the programme including daily teaching plans and progression charts that follow the Letters & Sounds order and multi-sensory activities and games.

Ten pilot schools in West Berkshire have reported that children are enjoying the multisensory approach and making rapid progress.

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Last modified: 07 March 2023 15:55

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