Phonics screening check: administration

Check administration guidance (CAG) for headteachers and teachers administering and scoring the phonics screening check.

This collection of webpages is the ‘check administration guidance’ (CAG).

Use this information to:

  • understand your statutory requirements relating to the phonics screening check
  • plan for the check
  • administer the check
  • submit your school’s check results


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Published 9 April 2014
Last updated 26 June 2017 + show all updates
  1. 2017 threshold published
  2. 2016 phonics screening threshold mark added.
  3. Updated to add guidance for the 2016 test cycle
  4. Now includes the 2015 phonics screening check materials.
  5. Content revised for the 2015 phonics screening check administration period.
  6. Planning wall chart updated for the 2014 to 2015 academic year.
  7. First published.