Analysis of English Hubs Phonics Attainment

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Analysis of English Hubs Phonics Attainment

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The DfE has published "Early analysis of English Hubs phonics attainment: 2021 to 2022" at https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... 21-to-2022.

There's a report about it here:
https://schoolsweek.co.uk/reading-at-en ... -pandemic/
They found that between 2018-19, the last year the phonics check was conducted before pandemic disruption, and 2021-22, the proportion of pupils in partner schools meeting the “expected standard” rose by around 1 percentage point.

In non-partner schools, the proportion meeting the benchmark fell by around 7 percentage points.
They're being very cautious about what looks like good news for the hubs.
Ultimately, we cannot definitively rule out that omitted variable bias is driving part or all of the estimates and therefore none of these results can be interpreted as causal.

However, given the size of the coefficients across the various methodologies and sensitivity analysis carried out, it seems more likely than not that the [programme] is having an impact on phonics results.
Elizabeth

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