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What does the mark mean?


All children at the end of Y1 have to take part in Phonics Screening.


Your child will be scored against a national standard, and the main result will be whether or not they fall below, within or above this standard.


Since the test began, the "pass threshold" has been 32, which means children had to read at least 32 words out of 40 correctly. The threshold mark is communicated to schools at the end of June, after the test has been taken, so that teachers can mark the Check.  You will be told how your child did, but schools’ results will not be published.


If your child’s score falls below the standard, they will be given extra phonics help and can re-take the Phonics screening check in Year 2.