Preparing to administer the phonics screening check

Information and a training video regarding the structure and content of the phonics screening check to help administrators prepare.



The materials on this page explain the structure and content of the check and include a training video.

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

  • scoring guidance
  • pupils’ materials
  • answer sheets

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

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

Published 15 October 2012
Last updated 31 March 2022 + show all updates
  1. A change has been made to the title of this page, as the sample materials documents previously attached have been removed. This is because they are available on the practice materials collection page. This has also resulted in a change to the content of the page to reflect what is now available to the user.

  2. Updated for the 2019 test cycle. No amendments from 2018 version.

  3. Updated for the 2018 test cycle.

  4. Updated for the 2017 test cycle.

  5. First published.