Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check is a short assessment that tells teachers how students are progressing in phonics.

The check takes 5-7 minutes and is carried out by classroom teachers with each student individually. Teachers analyse the results and, if necessary, plan for any additional support that students might require by targeting teaching aligned with NSW English syllabus outcomes.

The check complements existing strategies to identify students' progress in developing foundational literacy skills.

About the phonics screening check

What does the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check look like?

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check assesses how students blend sounds together to read a word.

Student responses are mapped to indicators from the National Literacy Learning Progression. Student information from the check is available in PLAN2 upon lodging the assessment.

How will my school be involved?

All Year 1 students will be required to complete the mandatory Year 1 Phonics Screening Check from 2021.

The assessment window for 2021 is Term 3, Weeks 4-6.

An on-demand version will also be available for all students. More information will be available soon.

How will my school be supported?

Visit the resources webpage for support in administering the assessment (available late Term 2). There are professional learning, resources and guides to help you.

The resources webpage also has information on where to find support for teaching strategies in the classroom following the assessment.

More information

For other professional learning about early literacy visit the Literacy and Numeracy professional learning page.

To hear more about how phonics can support early reading acquisition, listen to 'In conversation with Anne Castle: Systematic and Explicit Phonics Instruction' You can also watch Stephanie Lewis talk about where phonics sits in the NSW English syllabus, in the video below.

Stephanie Lewis talks about where phonics sits in the NSW English syllabus
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