Phonics screening check: sample materials and training video

A training video and sample materials to help check administrators prepare to administer the 2019 phonics screening check.



Check administrators should use the sample materials and training video when preparing to administer the phonics screening check. The materials explain the structure of the check and include:

  • an ‘Answer sheet’ with a sample list of 40 words
  • a set of practice words to familiarise children with the presentation of the check

Check administrators should watch this training video to understand the scoring rules and score the check consistently. It includes examples of pupils attempting the phonics screening check. It also provides guidance on how to score responses.

Year 1 phonics screening check training video

You can also access the video from the Vimeo Plus website.

Local authorities should use these materials during training sessions about the check.

Published 15 October 2012
Last updated 29 April 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated for the 2019 test cycle. No amendments from 2018 version.

  2. Updated for the 2018 test cycle.

  3. Updated for the 2017 test cycle.

  4. First published.