Training and Support

Services I Offer

Below are some examples of the training and support I can offer. All training is tailored to the individual needs of a school and it is possible to combine elements of each course or if you require something else Phonics and Literacy related, I will be happy to discuss this with you.   All training is suitable for Teachers, Teaching Asssistants, Subject Leaders and members of Senior Leadership teams.  I also work with Parents, Volunteer helpers, Supply Teachers and Governors.  Training can range from a full or half day course to an after-school staff meeting or twilight. 

Teaching phonics using Letters and Sounds

A practical and fun full-day course will increase practioners understanding of and confidence to teach systematic, synthetic phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme.  The course will:

  • explain the 6 phases of the Letters and Sounds programme, exploring multi-sensory games and activities to support the teaching of each phase.
  • explain the 4-part teaching sequence for teaching the discrete phonics session.
  • demonstrate the key skills of blending for reading and segmenting for spelling, exploring activities to support the teaching of each.
  • explore ideas for the apllication of phonic skills in reading and writing across the curriculum.
  •  provide guidance on tracking and assessing pupil progress in phonics.
  • give practical tips and advice on how to support pupils who are not making expected progress.

School -based consultancy

 I offer school-based consultancy to support the the teaching of phonics, reading and writing.  Support is tailored to the specific needs of the school and could include:

  • coaching and suppport for individuals/ small groups of staff.
  • demonstration teaching of a discrete phonics session with children in their own classrrom.
  •  monitoring and evaluation of the teaching of phonics/reading/writing.
  • reviewing assessment of children's progress, identifying those who need further support.
  • monitoring and evaluation of classroom provision to ensure appropriate oppurtunities for the application of phonic skills in reading and writing.

Foundations for phonics: Exploring Phase 1


A fun and practical course to support practitioners in developing their understanding of Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds.  The course will:

  • explore the importance of developing phonological and phonemic awareness as the foundation for teaching phonics.
  • explore each Aspect of the Phase 1 teaching programme, giving practical ideas,hints and tips.
  • explore the important concepts of Oral Blending and Segmenting through practical demonstration and activity.

What about mixed-ability classes? Differentiating the teaching of phonics

Many of us are faced with a wide-range of phonic ability in our classrooms.  How do we meet the needs of all children?  This course explains how the discrete phonics session can be differentiated in a time-efficient and manageable way.

Beyond the classroom: taking phonics outside

A practical course that will give ideas for taking high-quality phonics ouside -whatever your space!  Multi-sensory games and activities for every Phase of Letters & Sounds will be explored.

Supporting phonics and reading at home: parent workshop

A no-nonsense workshop for parents and carers, this course explains the key concepts in teaching phonics and reading, sharing practical and simple activities, advice and guidance for supporting at home.  Past workshops have included a demonstration phonics session for parents to participate in with their children- a fun learning experience for all!

Phonics and spelling in KS2

What about KS2 children who are working below age-related expectations?  This course explains the key concepts that KS2 children may be struggling with, giving practical tips and advice on how to target the gaps in their knowledge.  A useful course for those KS2 teachers who have limited experience of teaching phonics.

Guided Reading

This course explains the basics of Guided Reading.  The  teaching sequence is explored, with an emphasis on how to develop the application of phonic skills in reading.  Practical activities for use within and as a follow-up to sessions are also shared. 

 For further details of all these (and more!) please contact me.