Minister slams anti-phonics head teachers
HEAD teachers who resist teaching phonics are denying students the “education they deserve”, the Schools Minister has warned.
Attacking those who refuse to accept the “overwhelming evidence” in favour of phonics, Nick Gibb claimed that “fallacious” beliefs about reading had “blighted” the education outcomes of “generations of children”.
His warning follows years of fierce debate over phonics, a reading system which requires pupils to sound out letters and words. Whilst teaching phonics has been a mandatory requirement since 2007, several academics continue to rail against it being taught in schools.
Speaking at an education conference yesterday, Mr Gibb said that whilst the Government was winning the “war” over reading instruction, “pernicious arguments” made by some academics were undermining its efforts.
He added that campaigning by ministers and teachers had helped sparked a “reading revolution.” Official statistics from the Department for Education, show that 147,000 more six-year-olds became fluent readers in 2016 compared with the same period five years ago.