DfE Validated SSP Programmes

UK Systematic Synthetic Phonics in Key Stage One - SSP in KS1 - Compare validated Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programs  

There is no statutory requirement for UK schools to choose one of the SSP programmes on the validated list. However for those wishing to learn more about the recently validated SSP programmes we hope you find this information useful. In time we will create easy-to-compare charts, showing each DfE validated Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programme, and how they differ - eg GCP or Exception Word teaching order (Scope and Sequence)
To help us compile this documentation for consumers please submit program - or add your testimonial if you are a teacher and have practical experience of these SSP phonics programmes.
Although there is a fee to list Validated Synthetic Phonics Programmes, no one phonics program will be promoted over others.    


The following is the current list of validated SSP programmes:

  • All Aboard Phonics

  • ALS Phonics: Letters and Sounds

  • Anima Phonics: Letters and Sounds Updated

  • Bug Club Phonics

  • Essential Letters and Sounds

  • FFT Success for All Phonics

  • Floppy’s Phonics

  • GES Simply Letters & Sounds

  • Jolly Phonics

  • Junior Learning Letters & Sounds

  • Lesley Clarke’s Letters and Sounds

  • Letterland

  • Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised

  • McKie Mastery Power Phonics

  • Monster Phonics

  • No Nonsense Phonics

  • Phonics International

  • Phonics Shed

  • Read Write Inc.

  • Reading Planet Rocket Phonics

  • Schofield & Sims My Letters & Sounds

  • Smart Kids Letters and Sounds - The Code

  • Song of Sounds

  • Sound Discovery

  • Sounds Together[footnote 1]

  • Sounds-Write

  • Supersonic Phonic Friends

  • THE Partnership Phonics Programme (based on Letters and Sounds)

  • Twinkl Phonics

  • Unlocking Letters and Sounds

  • Wand Phonics with Phonics International and/or No Nonsense Phonics


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Training to complement systematic synthetic phonics programmes

Grapheme Mapping

Regardless of the phonics program you use grapheme mapping training is invaluable; also useful teacher training for upper primary grade teachers and those supporting students with specific learning differences for example dyslexia. 

Understanding the Science of Reading