Sound Reading System

Years/Age range


Type of children

Low attainers

Child/Adult ratio


Length of intervention

18 weeks (average); an hour a week

Brief description

The Sound Reading System is a synthetic phonics reading and spelling programme based on a Prototype distilled by Diane McGuinness from the research data of the past 40 years. Each lesson works to promote skill in phoneme segmenting and blending, the mastery of sound-symbol relationships, handwriting, spelling, reading fluency, and reading comprehension. Children learn that the English writing system is a code, and precisely how this code works.


For reading accuracy in Y2-adult: remarkable
For comprehension in Y2-adult: remarkable
For spelling in Y2-adult: remarkable
There is also evidence of strong improvement from a Young Offender Institution

Further information