Many schools already support pupils well in developing their early reading skills. Pupils achieve good standards in their early reading skills where systematic programmes to develop sound language and literacy skills are implemented consistently.
Our inspection evidence has shown that phonics is an important skill inn learning to read, but that this is not the only skill that pupils need in order to be able to read successfully. Although approaches to teaching phonics differ, there are characteristics that are common to the successful learning and teaching of reading.
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