Well, buckle my shoe: it’s 32! Analysing the 2019 PSC

    Published: 11 July 2019


    Every year, just about, I seem to have written a blog on the implications of the latest Phonics Screening Check. Not this year though. To be honest, there’s not much else to say. Feedback from our ‘Becoming a Highly Effective Subject Leader’ course colleagues echoed our team hunch that it was ‘alright’ and ‘quite reasonable’…in fact who else thought the pass mark threshold really would go up this year?!

    It’s great, isn’t it, that we all feel the children were well-prepared and that there are no longer any big surprises. We do need to remember, as outlined in this blog from last year, that scraping through at 32 whilst being a cause for celebration for some of our children (and teachers) who have worked really hard to get there, is not the end of the story. To really make the most out of the PSC, we need to use it diagnostically to consider the ‘so what’ and ‘what next’ for:

    • the ‘just scraped through’ children
    • the ‘just missed the mark’ children
    • the lowest attaining 20% of the children
    • vulnerable groups/individuals
    • increasing the proportion of children who score above and well above 32, remembering that 32 is only a minimum survivable decoding standard, not full ARE
    • those who scored full marks
    • our teaching (and application throughout the curriculum)
    • subject leadership, including future action planning, policy-making etc
    • resourcing, including book stock

    Attached to this blog, to support you in this, are two documents:

    • an analysis of key ‘sticking point’ target items, giving the percentage of the 40 words containing those types of graphemes/items;
    • a free Excel analysis tool – following hugely positive feedback on the 2018 tool and requests for more, the 2019 target words have been dropped in and dissected to offer an easy-to-use analysis tool. It aims to offer a RAG-rated overview of teaching priorities, highlighting graphemes that children struggled with or that are more secure (do read the guidance on tab 1 of the Excel workbook).

    Click on the links for the relevant resource:

    Analysis of target items   

    Excel analysis tool

    Hopefully this, together with our back-catalogue of other related blogs (search English blogs for ‘phonics screening check', such as this one with the 2018 free screening analysis tool), will support you in identifying and acting on your next steps. For schools who are joining us on the next round of the Year 1 Phonics Project, the full back catalogue of Excel analysis tools will be made available, meaning that any use of past papers can be analysed quickly and diagnostically. Visit the project webpage to sign up to the next round here or contact us at: training@hertsforlearning.co.uk. But be quick – there are limited spaces.

    The next 9-week long Herts for Learning Year 1 Phonics Screening Check Project will launch on Thursday 19th September 2019. For further information or to book a place: Course Code: 19ENG/042P

    The 2019/20 Becoming a highly effective English subject leader course will be delivered over five sessions between Tuesday 24th September 2019 and Tuesday 30th June 2020. For more information or to book a place: Course code: 19ENG/022P



    See you at the next project launch!

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