In her OFSTED blog post, 'Supporting secondary school pupils who are behind with reading', HMI Gill Jones writes:
"(Secondary) pupils who can’t read unfamiliar words accurately will need phonics teaching. Regardless of age, special educational need or background, the same knowledge of the alphabetic code and phonics skills underpins all reading. Intensive practice should soon make sure that pupils can read age-appropriate texts accurately and automatically."
Read about the reading strategies of struggling versus confident readers and how That Reading Thing addresses this inability to read unfamiliar words with completely age-appropriate linguistic phonics. Click on the photo to download the pdf.