Key stage 1: phonics screening check administration guidance

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


2018 phonics screening check: administration guidance


This guidance will be updated for the 2019 test cycle in April 2019.

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

The 2018 phonics screening check threshold mark is 32. Teachers should check each pupil’s mark against the threshold to establish whether they have achieved the expected standard.

Published 31 March 2016
Last updated 25 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. 2018 phonics screening check threshold mark added
  2. Updated for the 2018 test cycle.
  3. 2017 threshold included
  4. Updated for the 2017 test cycle.
  5. 2016 phonics screening check threshold mark added.
  6. First published.