There is a very good article on the madness of the phonics screening test in today's i
(the 20p version of The Independent
) under the pseudonym Jennifer Jackson
The piece is brilliant, apart from a slip in the 5th para from the end in which the English language is confused with its spelling.
The language is fine, only its spelling inconsistencies stink. They are responsible for daft initiatives like the new phonics test.
Ex English teacher, now independent literacy researcher
Author of ebook SPELLING IT OUT (2012),
'Rules and Exceptions of English Spelling' (2009),
'Understanding English Spelling' (2004),
and Youtube video 'Why improve English spelling?'