Professionals in teaching jobs may soon benefit from new phonics resources, as part of a government drive to improve reading standards among six-year-olds.
The Department for Education announced a new funding scheme for phonics teaching resources and equipment, which will see it matching primary school investments up to £3,000.
It will publish a list of resources that are approved for spending after the scheme, with teachers and schools able to pick those that will best enhance their lessons.
Nick Gibb, schools minister, said: "There is more to reading than phonics.
"But high-quality academic evidence from across the world - from Scotland and Australia to the National Reading Panel in the US - shows that the systematic teaching of synthetic phonics is the best way to teach literacy to all children, and especially those aged five to seven."
He added that teachers at eligible schools will have until March 2013 to choose which phonics resources that will best supplement their teaching of six-year-olds.
The government is launching a new screening check for children at that age to help teachers understand which children need the most help to reach their expected reading level.
Posted by Tim Colman