Key stage 1: phonics screening check administration guidance

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


2019 phonics screening check: administration guidance


The 2019/20 national curriculum assessments will not take place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This guidance will next be updated in the 2020/21 test cycle.

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
Published 31 March 2016
Last updated 29 April 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated for the 2019 test cycle.

  2. 2018 phonics screening check threshold mark added

  3. Updated for the 2018 test cycle.

  4. 2017 threshold included

  5. Updated for the 2017 test cycle.

  6. 2016 phonics screening check threshold mark added.

  7. First published.