A six-phase programme for teaching phonics aims to help children become fluent readers by the age of seven

Steve Mynard, editor of Primary Headship, urges us to make reading our biggest priority

Pilot schemes designed to examine the practical questions of building on the phonics teaching already present in primary schools and early years settings, and further catch-up classes for children with severe literacy problems, started in selected primary schools from September 2005. SENCOs will be especially interested in the evaluation of the benefits of an approach based on intensive individual one-to-one support.