“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
Victor Hugo


phonics subject knowledge

5 hours

Phonics Subject Knowledge equips you with the skills and knowledge to teach phonics with confidence across the primary age range. You will learn about the relationship between speech sounds and their spellings, the importance of phonemic awareness skills, and the vital skills of blending and segmenting.

The Phonics Subject Knowledge covers the following content:

  • phonemes: understanding speech-sounds, including the importance of clear enunciation, why knowing your obstruents from your continuants matters, the importance of the vowel circle and why schwas and elided sounds cause some children difficulty with reading and spelling
  • the alphabetic code and its complexities: that speech sounds are represented by 1 to 4 spellings, that speech sounds may be represented by different spellings (alternate spelling) and that spellings may be pronounced in different ways (alternate pronunciation)
  • blending & segmenting: how to teach the core skills of blending (to read) and segmenting (to spell), including how to tackle multi-syllable words and common exception words (tricky words)
  • phonemic awareness: understanding and teaching phonemic awareness (the ability to hear, identify and manipulate speech sounds) including core skills of phoneme identification, oral blending and oral segmenting, and more advanced skills of phoneme deletion, addition and substitution
  • word structure: reading more complex patterns of consonants and vowels, starting with simple CVC words to those containing consonant clusters and vowel glides


effective phonics teaching

3 hours

Effective Phonics Teaching shows you how to teach phonics effectively to maximise learning, covering the important details of effective phonics teaching such as how to select the words to model and practice during a lesson, how to organise and structure an effective phonics lesson, what to include (and what not) and how to model effectively and have children practice with purpose.

You will learn how to use the thee part lesson model – review, focus and apply – and what should be included in each part. You will learn how to review previously taught words (and why flashing up graphemes on cards might not be as effective as you think), and how to select and track words for review. You will learn how to effectively teach and have children purposefully practice the focus sound using a small number of tried and tested techniques that will ensure your children succeed with phonics. And you will learn how to apply their new learning both in reading and writing.

You’ll discover quick and easy yet powerful phonemic awareness techniques that can be built into any phonics lesson to help children hear, identify and manipulate speech sounds.

And you’ll be taught effective phonics routines that focus children’s attention on the core skills of blending, segmenting and word building, and leave with a range of strategies for exploring the more difficult aspects of phonics that cause some children to struggle, such as split digraphs, consonant clusters, alternate pronunciation and alternate spelling and handling multi-syllable words.

This is fuss-free phonics training that provides you with a simple structure and a suite of effective strategies for teaching phonics well.


letters & sounds revised

1.5 hours

Letters & Sounds Revised is a phonics programme for the 2014 national curriculum. Written for those schools who want to continue using Letters & Sounds but want to ensure that their phonics programme meets the requirements of the current national curriculum and prepares children for the Phonics Screening Check, the programme is evolution not revolution and, as such, will feel familiar to teachers of Letters and Sounds and will mean that you will need replace your tried and trusted resources and teaching approaches.

The Letters & Sounds Revised programme improves upon Letters & Sounds in three ways: it matches the revised expectations of the 2014 national curriculum; it optimises the progression of taught grapheme-phoneme correspondences to prepare children for the phonics screening check; it builds 10 years of additional research into the teaching of phonics.

Letters & Sounds Revised provides you with a revised improved yet familiar curriculum based upon the 6 phase progression of Letters & Sounds , including:

  • a revised and improved progression of phoneme-grapheme correspondences
  • streamlining of phase content for clearer progression and to meet the national curriculum requirements
  • splitting up of some longer phases into more manageable sub-phases
  • suggested time frames for each phase and sub-phase to ensure that children stay on track
  • the structure and complexity of words to be taught in each sub-phase
  • lists of common exception (tricky) words to be taught in each phase
  • simple assessments at the end of each phase to ensure content has been learned readiness for the next phase
  • a simple system for tracking children’s progression through the phases