The debate about how best to teach young children to read is both heated and long-standing. It is a topic regularly featured in the national and specialist press. The debating of reading standards (and their supposed decline) can be guaranteed to provoke public interest. There's no shortage of opinion, ideas, research and discussion on new (and not-so-new) ways forward. "Phonics" proposes to demystify the intense debate about phonics which currently characterises much of the discussion about reading standards and teaching reading. The book brings a much-needed tone of balance to the field - it offers genuinely focused advice on how to make sense of both the various theories and their applications in practice, helping teachers to find the right practical solutions to suit the children in their settings.