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Year One Phonics Check

EDM number 774 in 2012-13, proposed by Ian Mearns on 26/11/2012.
Categorised under the topic of Special educational needs.

That this House notes the yearone phonics screening check was analysed in a recent UK Literacy Association (UKLA) survey by an independent researcher at Sheffield Hallam University; further notes the survey overwhelmingly indicates that in teachers' and headteachers' professional judgment, the phonics screening check for six-year-olds has been costly, time-consuming and unnecessary, and can undermine the assurance of more fluent readers by labelling them as failures; agrees with the UKLA, the teacher unions and other professional associations that checks like this should not be imposed on all children, but used judiciously where a teacher thinks it would help to identify specific needs in a particular child; and calls on the Government to listen to the voice of professionals on this issue and ensure that the phonics screening check is not used in subsequent years for all children in year one, but is instead implemented at teachers' discretion.

This motion has been signed by a total of 36 MPs.

Ian Mearns26/11/2012GatesheadLabourProposed
Caroline Lucas26/11/2012Brighton, PavilionGreenSeconded
Grahame Morris26/11/2012EasingtonLabourSeconded
Ian Lavery26/11/2012WansbeckLabourSeconded
Alex Cunningham26/11/2012Stockton NorthLabourSeconded
Pat Glass26/11/2012North West DurhamLabourSeconded
John Cryer26/11/2012Leyton and WansteadLabourSigned
Alan Meale27/11/2012MansfieldLabourSigned
Martin Caton27/11/2012GowerLabourSigned
Peter Bottomley27/11/2012Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Virendra Sharma27/11/2012Ealing, SouthallLabourSigned
John McDonnell28/11/2012Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell28/11/2012Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Jim Dobbin28/11/2012Heywood and MiddletonLabourSigned
Steve Rotheram28/11/2012Liverpool, WaltonLabourSigned
Mike Hancock30/11/2012Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Mary Glindon04/12/2012North TynesideLabourSigned
John Leech13/12/2012Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Gerald Kaufman13/12/2012Manchester, GortonLabourSigned
Bob Ainsworth17/12/2012Coventry North EastLabourSigned
Annette Brooke18/12/2012Mid Dorset and North PooleLiberal DemocratSigned
John Pugh19/12/2012SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
Dennis Skinner19/12/2012BolsoverLabourSigned
David Anderson19/12/2012BlaydonLabourSigned
Rosie Cooper07/01/2013West LancashireLabourSigned
Mike Wood07/01/2013Batley and SpenLabourSigned
Andrew George07/01/2013St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
David Heyes07/01/2013Ashton-under-LyneLabourSigned
Gerry Sutcliffe09/01/2013Bradford SouthLabourSigned
Paul Burstow14/01/2013Sutton and CheamLiberal DemocratSigned
Sarah Champion16/01/2013RotherhamLabourSigned
Stephen Lloyd21/01/2013EastbourneLiberal DemocratSigned
Alasdair McDonnell23/01/2013Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Stephen Williams30/01/2013Bristol WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew Stunell05/02/2013Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Bill Esterson28/02/2013Sefton CentralLabourSigned

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