UK Courses

Join our flagship courses to gain a comprehensive theoretical understanding and the hands-on experience to put the Sounds-Write approach to literacy into practice from day one.

Browse our upcoming course dates below and get booked in to start your Sounds-Write journey today!

How do you want to take the course?

Face-to-face Courses

Apr 18th - Apr 26thCLOSED

A Godinton Primary School, Lockholt Close, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3JR

Trainer: Derrie ClarkCourse Contact: derrie.clark@gmail.comRegistration closing date: 4th Apr 2024

This course will run on the following dates: 18th Apr, 19th Apr, 25th Apr, 26th Apr

Please note this booking request form is for our flagship practitioner training; your booking will not be confirmed until the trainer contacts you directly. If you are looking for our free 'Help your child to read and write' course, please enrol here.

Apr 25th - Apr 30thCLOSED

A Wansdyke School, Downlands Road, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 5EF

Trainer: Sue RussellCourse Contact: sue@suerusselltraining.co.ukRegistration closing date: 11th Apr 2024

This course will run on the following dates: 25th Apr, 26th Apr, 29th Apr, 30th Apr

Please note this booking request form is for our flagship practitioner training; your booking will not be confirmed until the trainer contacts you directly. If you are looking for our free 'Help your child to read and write' course, please enrol here.

May 1st - May 9thOPEN

A Nexus School, Upper Haysden Lane, Tonbridge, Kent, Kent, TN11 8AA

Trainer: Derrie ClarkCourse Contact: derrie.clark@gmail.comRegistration closing date: 17th Apr 2024

This course will run on the following dates: 1st May, 2nd May, 8th May, 9th May

Please note this booking request form is for our flagship practitioner training; your booking will not be confirmed until the trainer contacts you directly. If you are looking for our free 'Help your child to read and write' course, please enrol here.

May 20th - Jun 7thOPEN

A Countess Anne School, School Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 8AX

Trainer: Charlotte MacKechnieCourse Contact: charlotte@linguisticphonicstraining.comRegistration closing date: 6th May 2024

This course will run on the following dates: 20th May, 24th May, 3rd Jun, 7th Jun

Please note this booking request form is for our flagship practitioner training; your booking will not be confirmed until the trainer contacts you directly. If you are looking for our free 'Help your child to read and write' course, please enrol here.

Jun 3rd - Jun 11thOPEN

A Westbury Leigh CofE Primary School, Sandalwood Road, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 3UR

Trainer: Sue RussellCourse Contact: sue@suerusselltraining.co.ukRegistration closing date: 20th May 2024

This course will run on the following dates: 3rd Jun, 4th Jun, 10th Jun, 11th Jun

Please note this booking request form is for our flagship practitioner training; your booking will not be confirmed until the trainer contacts you directly. If you are looking for our free 'Help your child to read and write' course, please enrol here.

Jun 4th - Jun 12thOPEN

A Ermine Street Church Academy, Swynford Rd, Alconbury, Weald, Huntingdon, Huntingdon, PE28 4XG

Trainer: Charlotte MacKechnieCourse Contact: charlotte@linguisticphonicstraining.comRegistration closing date: 21st May 2024

This course will run on the following dates: 4th Jun, 5th Jun, 11th Jun, 12th Jun

Please note this booking request form is for our flagship practitioner training; your booking will not be confirmed until the trainer contacts you directly. If you are looking for our free 'Help your child to read and write' course, please enrol here.

Jun 4th - Jun 25thOPEN

A Edmund Waller Primary School, Waller Rd, London, SE14 5LY

Trainer: Sarah HornerCourse Contact: slhorner@hotmail.comRegistration closing date: 21st May 2024

This course will run on the following dates: 4th Jun, 11th Jun, 18th Jun, 25th Jun

Please note this booking request form is for our flagship practitioner training; your booking will not be confirmed until the trainer contacts you directly. If you are looking for our free 'Help your child to read and write' course, please enrol here.

Jun 5th - Jun 26thOPEN

A Blaby Stokes CE Primary School, Queens Road, Blaby, Leicester, LE8 4EG

Trainer: Sarah WalkerCourse Contact: swalker@learnat.ukRegistration closing date: 22nd May 2024

This course will run on the following dates: 5th Jun, 12th Jun, 19th Jun, 26th Jun

Please note this booking request form is for our flagship practitioner training; your booking will not be confirmed until the trainer contacts you directly. If you are looking for our free 'Help your child to read and write' course, please enrol here.

Jun 17th - Jul 2ndCLOSED

A Whinney Banks Primary School, Fakenham Avenue, Middlesbrough, TS5 4QF

Trainer: Louise McMullanCourse Contact: louise@lmmtraining.co.ukRegistration closing date: 3rd Jun 2024

This course will run on the following dates: 17th Jun, 18th Jun, 1st Jul, 2nd Jul

Please note this booking request form is for our flagship practitioner training; your booking will not be confirmed until the trainer contacts you directly. If you are looking for our free 'Help your child to read and write' course, please enrol here.

Jun 17th - Jun 25thOPEN

A The Mendip School, Edmund Rack Road, Prestleigh, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 4FZ

Trainer: Sue RussellCourse Contact: sue@suerusselltraining.co.ukRegistration closing date: 3rd Jun 2024

This course will run on the following dates: 17th Jun, 18th Jun, 24th Jun, 25th Jun

Please note this booking request form is for our flagship practitioner training; your booking will not be confirmed until the trainer contacts you directly. If you are looking for our free 'Help your child to read and write' course, please enrol here.

Jun 18th - Jun 21stOPEN

A St Peter’s Pavilion, Hindley, Wigan

Trainer: Helen CrookCourse Contact: h.crook@wigan.gov.ukRegistration closing date: 4th Jun 2024

This course will run on the following dates: 18th Jun, 19th Jun, 20th Jun, 21st Jun

Please note this booking request form is for our flagship practitioner training; your booking will not be confirmed until the trainer contacts you directly. If you are looking for our free 'Help your child to read and write' course, please enrol here.

Jun 18th - Jun 26thOPEN

A Princecroft Primary School, Princecroft Lane, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 8NT

Trainer: Beth FoyleCourse Contact: bfoyle@princecroft.wilts.sch.ukRegistration closing date: 4th Jun 2024

This course will run on the following dates: 18th Jun, 19th Jun, 25th Jun, 26th Jun

Please note this booking request form is for our flagship practitioner training; your booking will not be confirmed until the trainer contacts you directly. If you are looking for our free 'Help your child to read and write' course, please enrol here.

Jun 19th - Jun 27thOPEN

A St Bede's Primary School, Jarrow NE32 3AJ

Trainer: Louise McMullanCourse Contact: louise@lmmtraining.co.ukRegistration closing date: 5th Jun 2024

This course will run on the following dates: 19th Jun, 20th Jun, 26th Jun, 27th Jun

Please note this booking request form is for our flagship practitioner training; your booking will not be confirmed until the trainer contacts you directly. If you are looking for our free 'Help your child to read and write' course, please enrol here.

Jun 24th - Jul 5thCLOSED

A St Josephs RC Primary School, Newton Aycliffe, Nr Darlington DL5 7DE

Trainer: Louise McMullanCourse Contact: louise@lmmtraining.co.ukRegistration closing date: 10th Jun 2024

This course will run on the following dates: 24th Jun, 3rd Jul, 4th Jul, 5th Jul

Training for BHCET staff only

Please note this booking request form is for our flagship practitioner training; your booking will not be confirmed until the trainer contacts you directly. If you are looking for our free 'Help your child to read and write' course, please enrol here.

Jul 2nd - Jul 10thOPEN

A Middlestone Moor Primary Academy, Rock Road, Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16 7BP

Trainer: Donna SmithCourse Contact: donna@sounds-write.co.ukRegistration closing date: 18th Jun 2024

This course will run on the following dates: 2nd Jul, 3rd Jul, 9th Jul, 10th Jul

Please note this booking request form is for our flagship practitioner training; your booking will not be confirmed until the trainer contacts you directly. If you are looking for our free 'Help your child to read and write' course, please enrol here.

Sep 16th - Sep 24thOPEN

A Westbury Leigh CofE Primary School, Sandalwood Road, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 3UR

Trainer: Sue RussellCourse Contact: sue@suerusselltraining.co.ukRegistration closing date: 2nd Sep 2024

This course will run on the following dates: 16th Sep, 17th Sep, 23rd Sep, 24th Sep

Please note this booking request form is for our flagship practitioner training; your booking will not be confirmed until the trainer contacts you directly. If you are looking for our free 'Help your child to read and write' course, please enrol here.

Sep 16th - Sep 24thOPEN

A Countess Anne School, School Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 8AX

Trainer: Charlotte MacKechnieCourse Contact: charlotte@linguisticphonicstraining.comRegistration closing date: 2nd Sep 2024

This course will run on the following dates: 16th Sep, 17th Sep, 23rd Sep, 24th Sep

Please note this booking request form is for our flagship practitioner training; your booking will not be confirmed until the trainer contacts you directly. If you are looking for our free 'Help your child to read and write' course, please enrol here.

Nov 7th - Nov 15thOPEN

A University of Cambridge Primary School, Eddington Ave, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, CB3 0QZ

Trainer: Charlotte MacKechnieCourse Contact: charlotte@linguisticphonicstraining.comRegistration closing date: 24th Oct 2024

This course will run on the following dates: 7th Nov, 8th Nov, 14th Nov, 15th Nov

Please note this booking request form is for our flagship practitioner training; your booking will not be confirmed until the trainer contacts you directly. If you are looking for our free 'Help your child to read and write' course, please enrol here.

A training-based programme

At Sounds-Write we believe teacher knowledge is crucial to ensure success. After all, the single greatest factor in improving student outcomes is strong teacher knowledge.

There are many phonics schemes and resources out there, but Sounds-Write focuses first and foremost on developing teacher knowledge, empowering educators to forge a brighter future for their students by following the latest innovations in teaching theory.

What does the course cover?

  • Learn how to teach the skills, concepts, and code knowledge students need to master in order to become competent readers, writers, and spellers.
  • Discover how to introduce them to the Initial Code in the first year of school, moving from CVC words to words with a progressively more complex structure, and then transitioning to learning the Extended Code, alongside polysyllabic words in Y1.
  • Learn how to teach all the different Sounds-Write lessons (or activity types), and have ample opportunity to practice them yourself.
  • Find out how to teach Sounds-Write to groups of different sizes, so you can work with the whole class, small intervention groups, or one-to-one.
  • Learn how to teach through errors—one of the cornerstones of the Sounds-Write approach—and how to conduct formative assessment and use differentiation as an integral part of your teaching.
  • Learn how to assess where a new student should start the programme.

More about our Practitioners’ Online Training

The Sounds-Write Practitioners’ Online Training has been designed by John Walker, the author of the Sounds-Write programme, together with experts in online learning, based on the science of reading and the science of learning. It comprises presentations, lesson demonstrations and a range of other activities and content. The course includes a robust rationale for linguistic phonics and covers the theoretical underpinnings of the programme. There are quizzes and online assignments that you must complete to gain a course certificate.

There will be a cohort of trainees doing the course with you. The course will be led by one or more Sounds-Write trainers, who will answer your questions, provide feedback on assignments and run Zoom sessions to support you during the course.

The course lasts 6 weeks.

More about our face-to-face training

The face-to-face course was written by John Walker and the Sounds-Write team, based on the science of reading and the science of learning. It has been taught for over 20 years by a team of knowledgeable and experienced trainers. The course includes a robust rationale for linguistic phonics and covers the theoretical underpinnings of the programme, as well as lesson demonstrations, practical activities and guidance for implementation in your setting.

Your face-to-face experience will be with a small cohort of trainees (up to 24) so that your trainer is able to get to know you, giving you bespoke feedback on your practice and answering your questions about your setting.

The course takes place over 4 days.

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