On Monday, the Department for Children, Schools and Families announced £9m funding for teaching phonics in the classroom.
Phonics is something I’ve blogged on before. I have no beef with the whole concept of phonics but I still fail to see how a teaching method based on listening of sounds will work for severely and profoundly deaf children. It feels like such an obvious point but it is never reflected in government announcements like this. And there is still no guidance on alternatives to phonics for such children or how to modify the teaching of it for deaf children with a mild or moderate loss. What is a mainstream teacher with a deaf child in the classroom meant to do exactly?
For these reasons, we rushed out a press statement on this on Monday afternoon. NDCS is also, at its own cost, drafting guidance for teachers to fill this gap. I feel it should be the Government’s responsibility to do this but in the absence of any action, we have stepped up.
I have a feeling I’ll be banging on about phonics for a bit longer…