Who are we?

The RRF is an organisation dedicated to campaigning for better teaching of reading in the English language. Our website has something to offer everyone who is interested in the teaching of reading.

Our members include people from a wide range of backgrounds with a variety of experiences. We have all been convinced by a wealth of evidence that a method known as synthetic phonics is the most effective for teaching everyone to read.

We have all been convinced by a wealth of evidence that a method known as synthetic phonics is the most effective for teaching everyone to read.

Partly as a result of RRF campaigning, the UK government has endorsed synthetic phonics for the initial teaching of reading in primary schools in England. This is a huge achievement.

However, there is still a lot to be done. All over the world, wherever children and older students are taught to read in the English language, there is a lack of understanding about synthetic phonics. In England contradictory and less effective methods are being promoted by many literacy and intervention organisations for helping young children who have fallen behind their peers.

What we believe

We believe that the way children are taught is crucial to their success in learning to read. They all need knowledge of the alphabetic code and the skills of blending sounds for reading and segmenting the spoken word for spelling – whether they learn to read easily or find it difficult.

All children need knowledge of the alphabetic code and the skills of blending sounds for reading and segmenting the spoken word for spelling – whether they learn to read easily or find it difficult.

For too long now the teaching of reading has been affected by the idea that children should learn by discovery, leading to the rejection of systematic, explicit instruction. This idea is deeply ingrained in education and still has a powerful influence on how reading is taught, despite having no scientific validity.

The RRF

January 2017