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Pseudo words creating genuine distress

A new survey shows that the controversial phonics check, a test for five and six year olds is is making children cry and confusing good young readers.

A new survey shows that the controversial phonics check, a test for five and six year olds is is making children cry and confusing good young readers.

The survey from researchers at Newman University, Birmingham, and Leeds Beckett University is based on interviews from teachers and head teachers and it shows that the test is having a detrimental impact on young students.

Teachers wrote on the questionnaires that: “Children who are competent readers are becoming anxious and tearful over pseudo words,” and “Children are stressed. Some cry. It also results in an overuse of phonics when reading.”

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