Gordon Askew, MBE: England

Gordon Askew was until recently the Literacy and Phonics Adviser to the Department for Education for England. In this role he was involved in developing the Department’s ‘core criteria’ for effective systematic phonics teaching; in evaluating materials for the DfE ‘Importance of Phonics’ catalogue; in monitoring the phonics training provided under the Department’s recent phonics match-funded scheme and in developing guidance around the Year One Phonics Screening Check. He was a contributor to the Primary English Programme of Study for the new National Curriculum for England.

Gordon has built up his literacy and phonics expertise over the course of more than forty years’ experience in primary education. This has included seventeen years as a primary school headteacher as well as roles as Local Authority English Adviser, lecturer, author and editor, phonics trainer, Ofsted inspector and DfE School Standards Adviser. He is the author of the Ssphonix blog (ssphonix.blogspot.co.uk) as well as another on his lifelong passion, children’s fantasy literature.

Although largely retired, Gordon is still occasionally called upon to provide advice and support to the Department for Education, to the government’s Standards and Testing Agency and to Ofsted.