Introduction

Questionnaire for parents of children who have been assessed on the Phonics Screening Check since 2012

The Phonics Screening Check 2012-2017: An independent study of the views of teachers and parents on the effect of the check on the literacy experiences of young children in state primary schools in England to inform debate on government literacy policy.

Professor Margaret M. Clark, Visiting Professor, Newman University in collaboration with Professor Jonathan Glazzard, Leeds Beckett University.

If you are a parent any of whose children has been assessed on the Phonics Screening Check we hope you will take part in this survey. Your answers will remain anonymous. Our aim in collecting geographical information for those who complete the survey  is to enable us to assess how representative a sample we achieve.

The Phonics Screening Check is a statutory assessment administered to all children in Year 1 in state schools in England since 2012. The check consists of 40 words to be read aloud to the teacher (20 real words and 20 pseudo or alien words). Any child who fails to read at least 32 out of 40 words correctly must re-take the check at the end of Year 2.

Informed consent for the survey 

What is the aim of the research? This is an independent research to enable government policy to be evidence-based, informed by the views of teachers and parents.

Am I required to take part in the survey? Your participation is entirely voluntary.

If I take part what is involved? You will be asked to complete a survey, the results of which will be anonymous.

Will I be protected? You will not be named in the research and individuals or organisations that you name will also remain anonymous.

What happens to the data? Once you have completed the survey the data will be combined with data from other participants and the study will be published in the form of a report. The findings may also be disseminated at national and international conferences.

If I have any questions about the study who should I contact?

Please contact Margaret Clark Margaret.clark@newman.ac.uk or Sue Reid  s.reid@newman.ac.uk

Who can I contact if I agree to take part in the study and subsequently wish to make a complaint Professor Peter Childs Pro Vice Chancellor Research and Scholarship p.childs@newman.ac.uk

Newman University, Genners Lane, Bartley Green B32 3NT

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