Learning to read through phonics

This booklet explains why phonics should be used as a teaching aid and provides links to other resources.


Learning to read through phonics: information for parents


Research shows that when phonics is taught in a structured way, starting with the easiest sounds and progressing through to the most complex, it is the most effective way of teaching young children to read. It is particularly helpful for 5- to 7-year-old children.

Published 5 March 2012
Last updated 3 May 2013 + show all updates
  1. This document has been updated to show when the phonics check will take place in 2013.

  2. First published.