Commenting on the Government’s release of Phonics Check statistics, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“The over-emphasis on Phonics has distorted the teaching of reading in schools, and has produced no discernible increase in children’s ability to read with understanding and pleasure. The Phonics Check is another example of a test which undermines, rather than supports, the principle of a broad and engaging curriculum in primary schools. The Union calls for it to be independently reviewed, so that its value and effects can be objectively evaluated.”