Sound Check

Years/Age range


Type of children

Had scored less than 32/40 on 2013 Y1 phonics test

Child/Adult ratio

small group:1

Length of intervention

20 weeks

Brief description

This programme is delivered twice weekly to groups of up to 5 children by a Dyslexia Action trained specialist teacher. The programme used is the Active Literacy Kit (ALK), which has a track record of supporting children who experience literacy difficulties. The programme involves a preliminary Placement Test, designed to be administered on an individual basis. After analysis of the results, a structured programme of learning follows in the form of a specified set of exercises, some of which are timed in order to build the skills needed for automatic, fluent and accurate reading and spelling.


For reading accuracy in Y2: useful
For spelling in Y2: modest

Further information

Liz Horobin