5 highlights from Australia

5 highlights from Australia

John and Tita have spent the past five weeks in Australia, visiting schools and trainers, giving talks and attending a conference. These are some of the insights they’ve gained from their visit: In schools, the role of the leadership team is key We were lucky...
A ‘really tight’ Phonics Lead, Teeside, UK

A ‘really tight’ Phonics Lead, Teeside, UK

After publishing our Phonics Lead Handbook in 2023, we wanted to hear from those who are using it, so we spoke to Karen Rees, a Year 1/2 Class Teacher and Key Stage 1 Leader, who is the Phonics Lead at Galley Hill Primary School in Guisborough, Teesside. Karen thought...
John and Tita’s trip to Australia!

John and Tita’s trip to Australia!

We’ve been lucky enough to spend the last 5 weeks in Australia, visiting schools, giving talks and catching up with many of the Sounds-Write trainers. John gave talks to educators at DSF in Perth, Busselton (hosted by WA trainers Maureen and Helen), SPELD VIC in...
A ‘disastrous’ lesson – phonics in Y5

A ‘disastrous’ lesson – phonics in Y5

We had the pleasure of visiting Corpus Christi Primary School in Bournemouth a few weeks ago, and saw a calm, friendly school and some excellent Sounds-Write teaching throughout the school.  And I mean throughout the school, because phonics is not something that stops...
Forging ahead

Forging ahead

When we visit schools, we are often asked how to stretch students who, because they have more prior knowledge or get more practice at home, seem to be ahead of their peers in terms of reading and spelling. So, how do you support students who have stronger reading...
Intervention in the moment

Intervention in the moment

We’re often asked how best to organise classroom space when teaching Sounds-Write.In Reception, we recommend that children sit on the floor with their whiteboards and markers at the ready for their Sounds-Write session. Older students can sit on the floor or at their...
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