26th April 2016

Research by the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE has shown that using synthetic phonics can help some children and that there are lasting effects for them. The researchers said they found there to be effects of synthetic phonics at five and seven. However, by the age of 11, other children have caught up and the authors said there are no average effects.

They did add that there were long-term effects of phonics among children with a higher initial propensity to struggle with reading.

The study is published in the discussion paper “Teaching to Teach” Literacy by Stephen Machin, Sandra McNally and Martina Viarengo.

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