Research strongly suggests that vocabulary is a strong indicator reading and writing ability,  and of wider academic success in all subjects. WordCraft is a holistic approach that teaches children about words. It is composed of two interlinked facets – WordCraft Spelling and WordCraft Vocabulary – designed to build children’s vocabulary and enable them to understand the English spelling system.


wordcraft spelling

WordCraft Spelling is a toolkit of eight effective strategies to both encourage children’s interest in words and their ability to spell them. These eight strategies, designed to take between ten and twenty minutes apiece,  target different aspects of the English spelling system.

WordBox    boxing up words to see children’s understanding of sound-spelling relationships
WordSort    a structured approach to finding patterns in words
WordPlay    inventing word meaning from spelling patterns
WordFind    investigating the meanings of word parts to deeper understand spelling
WordMap    visually mapping the  interconnectedness of spelling
WordFlow    visually modelling the application of spelling pattern
WordSum    calculating spelling using known patterns
WordSplit    splitting words into spelling elements to understand word structure

Delivered as a whole day INSET or a sequence of three staff meetings, the training covers:

  • the key principles of spelling: what it means to be able to spell in English
  • how an understanding of conventions can support phonetic spelling
  • how word parts (morphology) support spelling and vocabulary development
  • the patterns that govern how English words are spelled
  • the vital role that the history and origin of words (etymology) plays in English Spelling
  • a toolkit of eight spelling strategies


wordcraft vocabulary

A companion to WordCraft Spelling, the WordCraft Vocabulary training gives practical advice for building children’s vocabularies to both improve their reading and writing. Delivered as a half day INSET or a sequence of two staff meetings, the training covers:

  • selecting words that have the greatest impact on vocabulary development
  • an effective process learning new words
  • key instructional techniques for directly teaching vocabulary
  • practical tips to ensure that children practise and embed vocabulary in the long term



“Jason’s WordCraft approach to spelling challenged our preconceptions and changed the way we teach spellings at our schools. His WordCraft approach, delivered in his inimitable style, not only provided us with an enjoyable and informative day of training; it had a huge impact on our classroom practice! I would highly recommend both Jason and his approach.”
Simon Sharp, Associate Principal, Langford Village Academy & Gravenhurst Academy (Bedfordshire)

“The Wordcraft spelling course was fantastic! Jason’s enthusiasm was infectious and staff left the training eager to teach spelling, using the tools and ideas that Jason had shared with us. Who knew that making new words with prefixes and suffixes could be so much fun?!  A fabulous course that hugely supported our spelling subject knowledge.”
Kate Marusiak, Literacy Leader, Abbey Hill Primary and Nursery School (Kirkby-in-Ashfield)

“Jason’s enthusiasm for his subject shines through his delivery. He manages to make spelling clear and understandable.”
Cathy Gill, Deputy Head, Stanhope Primary (Gedling)

 “We found Jason’s WordCraft spelling training a useful and insightful new approach that we are excited to share with both children and parents. This training has helped to both inform and enthuse staff, sparking a passion for word building.”
Caroline Houghton, English Leader, St Peter’s CofE Junior School (Ruddington)

“Jason’s spelling training has proven invaluable for our school in providing teachers with an understanding of how and why words are spelt the way they are. Recent pupil interviews have shown that spelling lessons are happening across the school and children are excited about learning spellings both in and out of school. Confidence of both staff and children seems to have really improved.”
Tia Watson, Assistant Head, Holly Hill Primary School (Selston)

  “Jason always sees things from a different perspective which we as teachers may not have considered. It made many of our staff think, “Why have we not been delivering it like this all along?” His materials have given us a clear view going forward to improve spelling in our school and are excited to see the impact in the future.”
Amy Maloney, Literacy Coordinator, Forest Town Primary School (Mansfield)