The Campaign for Real Education has welcomed government plans to introduce phonics into reading rests for primary school pupils.
It was widely reported this week that a number of made-up words such as "koob" or "zort" will also be included in reading progress checks.
"It is a very good idea. It is very important that any youngsters who are having problems with the phonic code are identified and given special lessons straight away [so] that the problems are solved," said Nick Seaton, chair of the Campaign for Real Education.
He noted that there is still a high number of pupils in the UK who have difficulty reading and writing well, particularly male students.
"Testing when children are young is an excellent idea and that should go ahead. Teachers should stop criticising the idea or opposing it and then hopefully we can get all children [to] learn to read before the age [of] seven," Mr Seaton added.
Posted by Charlotte Michaels