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Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics in the Primary School

Gill, Angela; Jolliffe, Wendy; Waugh, David


Angela Gill
Associate Professor

Wendy Jolliffe


The government prioritises systematic synthetic phonics as a key strategy in the teaching of reading. This core text is a guide to teaching systematic synthetic phonics in primary schools.

The book's balance of research and practice and its focused approach enables trainee teachers to develop an in-depth understanding of what works in phonics teaching, and why.

It begins with the subject knowledge that underpins effective teaching and goes on to explore pedagogy from the early years to Key Stage 2. It includes guidance on systematic progression, intervention and multi-sensory and interactive methods.

This 4th edition has been comprehensively updated and includes further detailed discussion of the role of phonics in the teaching of reading. A new section 'Challenges in learning and teaching phonics' is added, supporting new teachers to meet the individual needs of all children.


Gill, A., Jolliffe, W., & Waugh, D. (2022). Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics in the Primary School. (Fourth Edition). London: SAGE Publications

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date 2022-05
Deposit Date Jan 4, 2024
Publisher SAGE Publications
Edition Fourth Edition
ISBN 9781529762822
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