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Primary Education: Literacy

Question for Department for Education

UIN 67183, tabled on 8 March 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much her Department has spent on administering the Phonics Screening Check since it was launched in 2012; and under what headings in each year.

Answered on

13 March 2017

The phonics screening check is administered by the Standards and Testing Agency on behalf of the Department for Education. The Agency does not routinely publish or hold a breakdown of costs by the different types of tests and assessments that it administers. It has, however, previously provided figures for the cost of administering the phonics screening check in the last five academic years in response to a freedom of information request. The total cost figure for the period since 2012 provided in that response was £1,230,250 broken down as per the information provided in the table below:






Print of materials for schools to administer the check (check materials and guidance)






Distribution to schools (including collation, postage and courier costs)












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