I find that Nick Gibb on 15 June 2021 responded to another written question with an answer more similar to his previous comments , both about synthetic phonics and the success of the policy. I have therefore attached that question and answer to my article.
A recent dramatic increase in the number of children now off school with Covid related symptoms has been reported. Should this continue into the autumn term it will make it even more difficult for schools to administer both baseline assessment in reception class and the phonics screening check to pupils in year 2. As each class forms a bubble one must question who will be teaching the other children while the assessments take place. The PSC, an individual assessment, is administered to each child by a teacher trained to administer it, out of the hearing of the other children and takes about 15 minutes per child.
The report of this research, the earlier research on the views of teachers and parents on the check and related articles can be read and downloaded from the Newman University website