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Validated SSP's

Phonics should be taught as part of the main approach to developing early reading in primary schools, as part of an SSP – a Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programme. ‘Systematic’ refers to the carefully planned order in which it is taught to build progressively and ‘Synthetic’ refers to the synthesis or ‘building up’ and ‘combining’ of letters and sounds to read words.


On this page you will find the details of all SSPs who have been ‘validated’ by the Department for Education, meaning they have been through a robust assessment process against the DfE’s validation criteria.


There is no statutory requirement for schools to choose one of the SSP programmes on the validated list,  but schools must ensure that they take an approach that is rigorous, systematic, used with fidelity (any resources used should exactly match the Grapheme Phoneme Correspondence (GPC) progression of their chosen SSP approach), and achieves strong results for all pupils, including the most disadvantaged. 


In order to receive funding from the English Hub programme, schools must demonstrate that they are using an SSP from the DfE’s validated list.

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Anima Phonics: Letters and Sounds Updated

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Bug Club Phonics

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Essential Letters and Sounds

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FFT Success for All Phonics


Floppy's Phonics

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GES Simply Letters and Sounds

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Jolly Phonics

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Junior Learning Letters and Sounds

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Lesley Clarke's Letter and Sounds



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Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised

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Mckie Mastery Power Phonics

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Monster Phonics

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No Nonsense Phonics

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Phonics International

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Phonics Shed


Read Write Inc.

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Reading Planet Rocket Phonics

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Schofield & Sims My Letters & Sounds

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Smart Kids Letters and Sounds- The Code

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Song of Sounds

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Sound Discovery

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Sounds Together



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Supersonic Phonic Friends

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THE Partnership Phonics Programme (based on Letters and Sounds)

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Twinkl Phonics

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Unlocking Letters and Sounds

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Wand Phonics with Phonics International and/or No Nonsense Phonics

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DfE Validated Phonics Programmes

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