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Phonics Rationale and Scheme

Baginton Fields School uses Phonics for Pupils with Special Educational Needs to teach SSP. 

Why this scheme? 

“PPSEN is a High Quality Accessible Phonics for pupils with moderate to severe and complex SEND of any age in any school or setting. 

About the Programme 

Phonics for SEN is a complete, systematic synthetic and linguistic phonics programme published in seven books. 
Phonics for SEN enables pupils with a range of special educational needs to find reading and spelling success and is suitable for those with specific learning difficulties, autism, moderate and severe learning difficulties, developmental language disorder, communication needs and complex needs, including pre- and nonverbal pupils and those with significant physical disability. 

Working through the programme, the pupil

  • learns about and understands the concepts that underpin how the written English is constructed, 
  • learns, practices and masters the skills they need to work with sounds and letters, and 
  • develops the knowledge they need to learn, build up and retain to be able to read and spell well.” 

Ann Sullivan (Author)


PPSEN is appropriate for all ages.  It is multisensory, systematic, logical, thorough and cumulative in its approach.   

It supports students with visual and auditory perception and processing difficulties making it the ideal choice for our students. 

It is an engaging scheme, so students enjoy the lessons and are motivated to learn. 

Those who are ready to become independent readers use PhonicBooks as the accompanying decodable reading scheme.

The Phonics for SEN Progression Map (below) sets clear expectations for students’ progress within the Phonics Programme. Due to the nature of learners at Baginton Fields School, age-related expectations have not been set, allowing students to develop their phonics knowledge in line with their individual needs and at their own pace.

For more information, please read our Communication, Language and Literacy policy.