Phonics Screening Check Trial

The 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 Phonics Screening Check look like?

The phonics 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 screening check is available in PLAN2 upon lodging the assessment.

How can my school be involved?

Expressions of Interest for participation in the trial are now closed. For information, please contact

When will the trial take place?

The assessment will be available for participating schools during Term 3, Weeks 4-6.

How will my school be supported?

Schools participating in the trial will take part in professional learning to help implement the screening check and analyse their results.

There will be 8 professional learning groups scheduled over 5 weeks with a maximum of 200 per group.

Teachers select a group when they register and then complete five self-paced online modules prior to their group’s 1 hour ‘live’ facilitated session. The link to the modules will be provided once registered in MyPL (Registrations via MyPL opening soon).

To assist with planning, dates for the ‘live’ sessions are listed below.

Professional learning schedule

Group Date and time
Group 1 Tuesday 16 June, 2:00pm
Group 2 Monday 22 June, 10:00am
Group 3 Wednesday 24 June, 2:00pm
Group 4 Tuesday 30 June, 9:00am
Group 5 Thursday 2 July, 2:00pm
Group 6 Tuesday 21 July, 2:00pm
Group 7 Thursday 23 July, 9:00am
Group 8 Wednesday 29 July, 9:00am
Group 9 Thursday 30 July 2:00pm
Group 10 Tuesday 4 August, 2:00pm
Group 11 Thursday 6 August, 2:00pm

Further 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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