Reading is a high priority at Highfurlong and all students access the ‘Oxford Tree’ Reading Scheme, alongside a range of additional schemes tailored to suit individual students. Due to the needs and abilities of our students, phonics is taught throughout the school at each key stage where needed. Throughout the school, the overarching approach to teaching phonics is ‘Letters and sounds.’ Although, for most of our students, phonics and reading cannot be taught in the conventional systematic way. Our teachers and support staff adapt and tailor their teaching of reading and phonics to each individual student to ensure they can access phonics sessions and make good progress.