Phonics & Early Reading


This support add-on will provide you with a bespoke focus review of phonics & early literacy to help you ensure that the teaching of early reading is of the highest quality. It can be included as part of your existing Oak, Beech or Cedar support package, or purchased separately.

Please contact us to include this as part of your existing package* › * If you do not have sufficient time available, you can upgrade your current package instead of purchasing this add-on.

The consultant was highly experienced and knowledgeable in phonics and early reading development. During the reviews at our schools within the NET Academies Trust, she raised pertinent points of action to our leaders to further improve early reading development. For us, it's not just the validation, it’s also having the reassurance and the confirmation that what we’re doing is working and having the right impact.

The new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) places greater focus on the consistency and quality of the teaching of phonics & early reading, the accompanying resources used in school, the joy of reading and the promotion of children’s vocabulary.

Our Phonics & Early Reading focus review offers the benefit of the rigour of an external assessment, by recognising school strengths, and making recommendations for improvement so as to secure strong practice. It is also suitable for schools who wish to commission an independent review of their practices to obtain a clearer picture of performance.

To ensure that you receive high quality feedback on your chosen aspect, external review frameworks will be agreed in partnership, and key areas that may need intervention will be assessed, identified and prioritised. Depending on the size of your school, we will agree the format, discuss your required approach and find you the best consultant(s) for your needs.

How it works:

The review will be conducted by our consultants who are highly experienced in the areas of phonics and early literacy. They will contact you to agree focus aspects and the format of the day.

On the day, you will receive verbal feedback of strengths and improvement aspects. Shortly after, you will receive a written report, which will include the identified strengths and areas for you to work on.

Based on a one form entry school, it is likely to take two days in total, consisting of:

  • one 1/2 day preparation
  • one day in school
  • one 1/2 day report writing

Where appropriate, supporting resources and opportunities to view best practice in other Grow supported schools will be shared with you too. For larger schools, the number of days will be between two and three days, depending on the number of classes.

We can also offer a one-day review where appropriate, which will focus on in-school practice in the EYFS & KS1, provide you with ongoing verbal feedback and a brief record of visit.

If you would like to explore other options, or have a particular requirement or need to discuss, please contact us here ›

The review will assess:

Key themes

when looking at pupils’ outcomes in reading

Quality of phonics teaching & learning

and how this impacts on reading and writing

Professional development needs of staff

to enhance the quality of the literacy learning environment

School’s reading scheme

to ensure 100% decodable texts are given to practise early reading

Opportunities to apply phonics

knowledge & skills to promote a joy of reading

Leaders’ action plans

to ensure a focus on phonics, reading and writing

The school’s approach

towards developing pupils’ vocabulary

Action planning

evaluating strategies essential to drive improvement

Please note:

Our focus reviews, governance and headteacher’s appraisal support add-ons are designed to supplement our school improvement packages. Together they offer full flexibility, allowing us to be responsive to the specific needs of your school, while retaining our high standards of advice and expertise. Add-ons can be included as part of your existing OakBeech or Cedar support package if time allows, or purchased separately. To find out how, please contact us for more information ›

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