In April 2021, we published the revised core criteria for effective systematic synthetic phonics teaching programmes and launched a new process to validate complete systematic synthetic phonics teaching programmes. This process is for both previously assessed programmes and new applicants.

A number of publishers have completed a self-assessment process based on these criteria, which were then reviewed by independent evaluators. A further 9 systematic synthetic phonics programmes have been validated in the most recent, April to May validation, 8 of which are newly validated for use in schools.

By ensuring high-quality phonics teaching the government wants to improve literacy levels to:

  • give all children a solid base upon which to build as they progress through school
  • help children to develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

The below information shows the DfE validated list of SSP programmes. If you want more information on the programmes, click here.

The links below will take you to the website of the Phonics Provider.

Contact details and web addresses for currently validated Phonics programmes are available and are regularly updated.


Attainment in the phonics screening check has decreased compared to 2019, with 75% of pupils meeting the expected standard in the PSC in year 1, compared with 82% in 2019.

You can view all the published data here: Phonics screening check and key stage 1 assessments: England 2022 – GOV.UK (