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Year 1 Phonics screening test

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Phonics Screening Check







  • The phonic screening check is a statutory assessment for all children in Year 1.

  • It will take place week beginning 10th June 2019.

  • It comprises of a list of 40 words (20 real and 20 pseudo (not real) words).

  • The expectation from the Government is that pupils should achieve the ‘expected standard’ in phonics by the end of Year 1.The pass mark was 32 or above in 2018.

  • The check will take up to ten minutes per pupil and will be conducted by the child’s class teacher.

  • Children who do not achieve the expected level at the end of Year 1 must retake the check in Year 2.



  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Alston 50% 50% 71% 80% 84% 84% 91%
National 58% 69% 74% 77% 81% 81% 82%


  • As the results above show, Alston now exceed National expectations and we will continue this good work.
  • Support has already been put in place to assist all our pupils to achieve their best outcomes.
  • Alston Primary School will report the result of your child’s score out of 40 along with the % of children who have reached the expected level.  This must be reported to you by the end of the summer term hopefully by the second week in July.
Link to Phonics Curriculum Page