Policy paper

The reading framework: teaching the foundations of literacy

Guidance for schools to meet existing expectations for teaching early reading.

Applies to England



This guidance is for:

  • teachers
  • school leaders
  • reading and literacy leads
  • governing bodies
  • ITT providers

This guidance:

This document has been developed through the contributions of experts from across the literacy sector and school leaders. It is based on the valued experience and knowledge of teachers, reading and language experts, educational organisations, English Hubs council members, and our 34 English Hubs.

Schools considering purchasing a new SSP programme can find more information at choosing a phonics programme.

Further support for schools is available through our English Hubs Programme, including information on £5 million additional funding for the purchase of SSP programmes. Schools wanting to find out more about the funding should contact one of the following English Hubs:

Published 10 July 2021
Last updated 27 January 2022 + show all updates
  1. Corrected a sentence about decodable books and texts on page 51 of 'The reading framework: teaching the foundations of literacy - all sections and appendices' and page 15 of 'Section 3: word reading and spelling'.

  2. First published.