Phonics Partnership Information

The Elliot Foundation Teaching School is pleased to lead a Phonics Partnership. The Partnerships launch this autumn term (2018/2019) and are directly managed by the Department for Education. They are a key part of delivering the Department's Social Mobility Action Plan.

Support Required?
If you are interested in support through the Phonics Partnership and are within reasonable distance of Hillingdon Primary School, Uxbridge Road, Hillingdon, UB10 0PH then please complete the enquiry form.

Phonics - does it improve reading?

Education Endowment Foundation – EEF
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is an independent charity that supports teachers and senior leaders by providing free, independent and evidence-based resources designed to improve practice and boost learning.

Phonics approaches have been consistently found to be effective in supporting younger readers to master the basics of reading, with an average impact of an additional four months’ progress. Research suggests that phonics is particularly beneficial for younger learners (4-7 year old) as they begin to read. Teaching phonics is more effective on average than other approaches to early reading (such as whole language or alphabetic approaches), though it should be emphasised that effective phonics techniques are usually embedded in a rich literacy environment for early readers and are only one part of a successful literacy strategy.

How secure is the evidence?
Overall, the evidence base related to phonics is very secure. There have been a number of studies, reviews and meta-analyses that have consistently found that the systematic teaching of phonics is beneficial. 

What are the costs?
Overall, the costs are estimated as very low. The costs associated with teaching phonics arise from the need for specific resources and professional training. Evidence suggests that the effectiveness of phonics is related to the pupil's stage of reading development, so it is also important that teachers have professional development in effective assessment as well as in the use of particular phonic techniques and materials.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Q. What is a Phonics Partnership?
. Partnerships are distributed across the country and complement the location of English Hubs. It is important that the proximity between the lead school and those being supported is within a workable and sensible distance.
The Elliot Foundation Teaching School's Phonics Partnership is located at Hillingdon Primary School, Uxbridge Road, Hillingdon, UB10 0PH

Q. How many schools must a lead school support?
. The minimum number of schools  a Partnership supports is four. More schools can be supported as long as high quality is maintained. 

Q. How do you become a Phonics Partnership School?
Partnerships are likely to be primary schools, as they are generally best placed to understand the needs of other primary schools. Schools invited to apply for 2018/2019 are primary schools – there may also be some infant or all-through schools and have achieved the following:

  • 90% or more year 1 pupils to meet the required standard in the phonics screening check over the last 3 academic years; and
  • an Ofsted rating of good/outstanding and an Ofsted 'effectiveness in leadership and management' rating of good/outstanding.

Q. How much funding will each Hub School get per year?
. The total amount of grant funding per Partnership is £16,750 to cover up to two terms of support, culminating on the 31st March 2019. The grant funding arrangement is between the lead school and the Department for Education. 

Q. Does my school have to follow a specific commercial phonics programme to be considered as a Partnership?
. The DfE do not require schools to follow any specific phonics programmes but the English programme of study specifies that maintained schools must follow a synthetic phonics approach. However, your application should explain your approach synthetic phonics approach, how and why it has been effective, and how it is consistent with the recommendation of the Rose Review i.e. fidelity of the scheme. A commercial phonics programme may of course be a part of how you do this