I now shudder when ever anyone mentions phonics, for having gone to school aged 5 able to read and write I left that school at 8 unable to read anything but ITA. The books were very limited and only available at 'Boots the Chemist' and my parents couldn't read them.
I have many students with very poor literacy skills, I worry for them and try everything to make them step out of their comfort zone and address this problem, but it is so hard for people after a certain age to have the resilience to try and increase literacy skills.
I follow Michael Rosen's blog as I find his eloquence and passion regarding this aspect of our education system interesting.
This is a problem that haunts me, as so many students are coming out of school without basic literacy skills and I still struggle with my own grammar and spelling demon's.