Phonological awareness

The Specialist Teacher SLCN may provide advice and guidance about developing phonological awareness. Phonological awareness is important because it is a skill that plays a key role in the development of speech and literacy. If children have (or have had) speech difficulties and find it difficult to access phonics or spelling, or are not making progress in literacy, then they may have difficulties with phonological awareness

To understand the child’s competency in phonological awareness, the Specialist Teacher may

  • review the child’s literacy work
  • assess the child’s phonological awareness using formal assessments (eg Phonological Awareness battery) or informal assessments (eg The Ultimate Guide to phonological Awareness)
  • listen to the child read
  • play games focussing on the skills of phonological awareness, including rhyme, syllables and alliteration
  • speak with school staff to elicit current classroom practice and the child’s ability to access these

Advice may include

  • Specific interventions to teach key skills of phonological awareness
  • Strategies to support development within class, including links to vocabulary learning
  • Support to school staff to understand the importance of phonological awareness and implement specific intervention and strategies within the classroom