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Headteacher: Phonics is the "best way" to teach reading

A headteacher from East London has hit back at claims phonics teaching is "almost a form of abuse."

The research from the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain claims that using synthetic phonics teaching is damaging able readers.

Shahed Ahmed, head of Elmhurst Primary School in Newham, told BBC Radio 5 live's Morning Reports that teaching phonics as part of a literacy lesson was "the best way" to get children to read quickly.

The Department of Education insists phonics is the "most effective" way to teach children of all abilities how to read.