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Nick Gibb: 'To raise school standards still further we must learn lessons from the success of the phonics check'
Teachers should be proud of their achievements, says schools minister Nick Gibb as he sets out how far the sector has come, and where we need to go next
This week, the International Summit of Teaching Professionals will bring together governments, teaching unions and experts from around the world to share examples of brilliant teaching and ultimately, to celebrate our teachers.
In fact, there is no better example than the introduction – by this government – of the phonics check. All the evidence pointed to its benefits and the Pirls international results showed that following the introduction of the check, standards in reading have risen significantly. Now there are 154,000 more 6-year-olds on track to be fluent readers than in 2011. And the Pirls data shows our nine-year-olds have achieved their highest ever result in the lifetime of the study.
The resistance to implementing a phonics check in Australia is nothing short of a tragedy.