Check that your school's phonics programme is
How well does it
fit 'The Prototype for Teaching the English Alphabetic Code'
Ofsted School Inspection Handbook.
The school leadership team:
- Ensures that there is
one systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme taught with
fidelity, consistency and continuity from Reception to Y2
Avoids mixing SSP programmes
- Ensures that the SSP
programme sets out daily expectations for teaching NC word
reading, handwriting and spelling
- Is confident that
teaching the SSP programme will ensure success for all pupils
In addition: ''Schools should be using a
structured phonics programme that has
decodable reading books in a
sequence that carefully matches the letter–sound
correspondences that children have learned''
(Ofsted's 2020 annual report)
2021. NEW. DfE's validation of systematic synthetic phonics
programmes with the 16 Essential Core Criteria
published SSP programmes must meet:
Note: 2021 DfE: The DfE
will not be revising their 2007 Letters and Sounds 'programme',
teachers and phonics experts may produce their own
independent versions. Advice for L&S schools - see Abigail
Steel's webinair 'Moving on from Letters and Sounds'
High quality phonics programmes and training:
For guidance only: primaryX
teachers and NQTsX
Sounds~Write (S-W) http://www.sounds-write.co.uk/ XXX
This scripted linguistic phonics programme includes all the
common spelling code and teaches decoding and
spelling in tandem from the start. It is suitable for YR/KS1/2
and as an intervention for all ages. As this is an
instruction-led approach, the teaching manual and
photocopiable materials (includes decodable texts)
are only available with 4-5 days face-to-face or 6 weeks
online (see below) training.
phonics training is available online
and is open to parents/carers/homeschoolers as well as
teachers - see website's 'Courses' page for info.
Find out more here:
New. A comprehensive online
Vocabulary and Spelling course (with manual) for
whole-class teaching throughout KS2 (years 3-6) This course
builds on KS1 linguistic phonics. It includes morphology,
etymology and multisyllable word building and is
open to teachers who have completed S-W's KS1 course and
have taught it for at least a year.
FREE online XX 'Help your child to
read and write'
(Initial Code Units 1-7) practical course for
parents/carers/homeschoolers: teach your rising 4-6 yr old
child how to read and spell.
FREE (for duration of COVID19 emergency) online
'Help your child to read and write'
(Initial Code Units 8-11)
App for iPad. XX https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id769196201?mt=8&affId=1736887
Linguistic Phonics Initial / Basic Code app. 1st three units are free. ''This app offers a variety of activities to develop the skills of blending and segmenting, sound spelling correspondence, word reading and writing and some sentences reading and writing''. N.B. Parental/carer/tutor supervision
recommended when using the app.
Two photocopiable workbooks with phonics games and activities for
the Initial Code and the Extended Code (units 1-14)
available from http://www.sounds-write.co.uk/
(for duration of COVID19 emergency) 60 page e-book to download
with a selection of extended code games suitable for
''The activities can be used whole class, in small groups and
in one-to-one settings, as well as for homework or
home-schooling. Each activity has clear instructions so that
teachers, teaching assistants, parents or carers know how to
Phonics International (PI) XXX
Debbie Hepplewhite's FREE online
(print out to use)
synthetic phonics programme with colourful 'cartoon' style
illustrations. Consists of a comprehensive range of resources
including integrated plain-text decodable stories +
instructions for teaching the simple and complex English
Alphabet Code. It includes the Early Years Starter Package-
Print-out 8 e-books for free: *homeschool edition* of PI.
Teach Primary's review of Phonics International
Early Years Starter Package - free
Young-child resources for children aged 3-5,
for pre-school settings and parents who want to make an early
start with synthetic phonics + Teeny Reading Seeds: Resources
for approximately 3-4 yr.olds as they begin to make links
between speech sounds and the 26 alphabet letters.
X Debbie Hepplewhite's free, comprehensive
English Alphabet Code chart, designed for student teachers. It includes IPA symbols and
synthetic phonics teaching principles
Spanish Alphabet Code chart -useful to compare with an
English Alphabet Code chart
synthetic phonics training
20+hrs of audio-video plus links to additional reading.
Read Write Inc (RWI) Pub. OUP. X http://www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/transformingprogrammes/
Ruth Miskin's scripted synthetic phonics programme for primary schools. It is the only programme that specifically recommends putting
all children into fluid 'ability groups' for phonics lessons.
The RWI materials are available with or without training.
- RWI. XX
Fresh Start: 'Catch-up' reading, writing, spelling and grammar
activities for children in Y5 to early secondary, with age appropriate integral texts for reading
''It basically consists of 34 'workbooks' (modules) which progress from extremely simple to complex'' (Secondary school HLTA)
- RWI XXX One to one phonics tutoring kit for ages 4-9. Starts at CVC level.
Tutoring Kit review: http://www.teachprimary.com/tried_and_tested/view/one-to-one-phonics-tutoring-kit
Caution: All the RWI programmes are based around using purchased consumables for each
child - expensive long-term, but saves preparation time and helps ensure programme fidelity. N.B. RWI's 'Red words'
can and should be sounded out and are
not 'sight words' to be memorised as whole shapes
Floppy's Phonics Sounds and Letters. Pub. OUP XX
Teacher handbooks and a comprehensive range of resources to
teach whole-class synthetic phonics. Uses
Letters&Sounds GPC introduction order. ''The heart of the programme is the Alphabetic Code Chart to help your children 'crack the code', support the learning of alternative phonemes and to reinforce phonics''.
Floppy's Phonics author Debbie Hepplewhite's own website:
Online whole-school training
Teach Primary review: http://www.teachprimary.com/tried_and_tested/view/floppy-phonics-sounds-and-letters
Jolly Phonics (JP) Pub. Jolly Learning.
Synthetic phonics programme (unscripted) and resources.
Straightforward to use and suitable for nursery/Reception/Y1.
JP author Sue Lloyd's own website http://tcrw.co.uk/ has videos and free resources.
Sound Discovery (SD) XX
phonics whole-class programme and resources for primary
schools, written by EP
Dr. Marlynne Grant.
Also available from Pearson as the
'Rapid Phonics' intervention. Caution: do
not confuse with Pearson's
'Rapid Reading' programme.
Advice for parents + sample pages from SD decodable books and
Jason Wade Education. http://jweducation.co.uk/
Training (in-school or
online) in all aspects of Primary English
teaching including phonics and spelling.
An overview of a
Sounds & Syllables spelling unit:
Phonics intervention programmes and training
suitable for all ages:
Phonics for Pupils with Special Educational Needs
A linguistic phonics 1-1 intervention programme published as a seven-part series of photocopiable books, designed to meet the needs of pupils of any age
with special educational needs ''including non-verbal pupils
and those with significant motor skill difficulties (or
A flexible training package is now available to
support schools to deliver the Phonics for SEN programme.
Download a companion booklet
for adaptations to enable pupils with complex SEN to access
the programme, as a
free eResource from:
Extensive range of FREE resources including decodable
books for those with complex SEN
S ou n d R ea d i ng S y s t e m (SRS)
A scripted linguistic phonics one-to-one intervention programme,
based on the work of Prof. Diane McGuinness. It
includes all the common spelling code and teaches decoding and spelling
in tandem from the start. A fully decodable story
(plain-text suitable for annotation) is provided for each lesson.
Highly suitable for 'dyslexics' and struggling or non-readers of all ages including adults.
The programme has also been used successfully as a whole-class early reading programme, in FE Colleges, Academies, Youth Offender Institutions
and by parents. The
Dyslexia-SpLD trust placed the SRS programme in their top category of effectiveness as an intervention for all age groups, 'remarkable'
in all three areas: reading accuracy, comprehension and
spelling. As this is an instruction-led approach to reading
and spelling, the programme's teaching manual and materials
are only available with 4 days training. 'Open-to-all' trainings are
Please contact Fiona Nevola for training details: fiona.nevola at gmail.com.
Phonics intervention programmes
and training suitable for secondary age (11+) and/or adults:
Dianne and James
Murphy provide training for secondary schools in a
phonics-based 1-1 reading intervention. Remote training
A school's most
severely struggling readers are found through a series of
assessments. They will receive 3 x 30mins individualised
lessons each week. More information
Forward with Phonics.
the Sounds-Write programme (see above) and linguistic phonics
resources (including decodable books), to use with older teenagers and adults.
Key Stage 3 Phonics. Abigail Steel
Teacher Handbook and student workbooks to provide a synthetic
phonics intervention at Key
Each student workbook (consumables) provides daily lessons (20
minutes) for one term.
Workbooks 1 - 3 used consecutively
provide a one year course to boost reading and
The Teacher Handbook and workbooks are
available from Amazon
or download as e-books for free
That Reading Thing: www.thatreadingthing.com
online training in a linguistic phonics one-to-one
reading intervention programme, specifically designed to be used with teens and adults.
That Spelling Thing:
training and a handbook with lessons and resources to provide a rapid spelling
intervention for teens and adults (SA.8+)
Education and Training Foundation CPD:
Post-16 Entry Level Phonics Approaches
for improving spelling and basic reading
Courses available from
Quick link to the Post-16 Phonics Toolkit:
Phonics resources and games (paper-based):
Linguistic phonics resources for
beginners and KS2/3 intervention.
Each decodable book series (follows Sounds-Write's GPC progression) has a linked photocopiable workbook with writing/spelling practice sheets and games.
FREE phonics games templates, alphabet code charts and (for duration of
COVID19 emergency) a set of decodable books with activities, to download