Letter sent to the Telegraph UK
Sept 28, 2017
Nick Gibb’s enthusiasm for the “reading revolution” (28 September) is misplaced. Evidence from a report by Stephen Machin and his colleagues from the London School of Economics (“Teaching to Teach” Literacy (2016)) shows that synthetic phonics instruction has little to no effect on reading scores by the time children reach Key Stage 2 (age 11).
Their data are consistent with higher-quality, experimental studies that have found that phonics has a modest impact on reading scores initially, but no lasting impact in later grades.
Jeff McQuillan, Ph.D.
Original article link:
See bit.ly/SyntheticPhonics for re-analysis of Machin data.