What do the teachers and teaching assistants who have attended our courses recently think about the course?

"I have very much enjoyed this course. I considered myself to be a good teacher of phonics, but have now realized that I had gaps in my knowledge and that perhaps the words that I've used to explain spellings may have confused children in the past. I am inspired to use what I have learnt with my own children and I'm looking forward to the challenges of adapting the Sounds-Write approach to Braille. A very useful 5 days - thank you."

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Why Sounds Write?

Sounds-Write is the best literacy programme a school can choose. 

There's no need to take our word for the just how good Sounds-Write is: here, in full and without any editing from us, are the two most recent reports from the DfE on our courses: DfE Report 2013  DfE Report 2012  Once you have read these, you may like to take a look at other providers of literacy programmes to see how many of them go public with the DfE's reports on them.

For an account of just how well Sounds-Write can work in a school, watch this inspirational video in which Janet Hilary, Head of St. George's in Battersea, talks to our very own Dr Derrie Clark. More detail can be found in this interview with specialist teacher Theresa Plummer from St. George's.

Further evidence is contained in this in-depth statistical analysis of Sounds-Write's impact. Our report gives statistical information on 1,607 pupils we tracked all the way through Key Stage 1, as well as providing many other insights into how well we can expect young children to learn to read and spell in the early years.

Our programme offers the classroom and special needs teacher an instructional method that works because, as the Rose Review recommended, it is a highly structured, cumulative, sequential, explicit and code-oriented instructional programme for teaching all children to read and spell.

Sounds-Write provides the classroom practitioner with rigorous training in how to teach reading and spelling from the moment children begin their schooling in the Foundation Stage, throughout Key Stage 1 and into Key Stage 2. In addition, the programme also provides a highly successful intervention for special needs teachers working at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education.

Sounds-Write’s instructional method works effectively because it:

  • can be easily implemented in the classroom with the minimum of expense, planning and preparation
  • provides clearly structured, easy-to-follow lesson plans
  • is developmentally appropriate for beginning readers in YR, Y1 and Y2
  • offers fast and highly effective intervention for children at all levels who have fallen behind in their reading and spelling
  • is a real phonic programme that teaches in simple steps how the sounds of the language are represented by the writing system
  • places emphasis on giving practice that is grounded in physical, concrete experience of the ideas and conceptual understanding the pupils need to assimilate
  • teaches the three essential skills of segmenting, blending and phoneme manipulation necessary for reading and spelling throughout the programme on a daily basis until all pupils achieve the automaticity that underlies the fluency of every successful reader.

We place great emphasis on having highly-trained and thoroughly experienced professionals working as our trainers, and we are available to discuss any issues you are facing. If you have any questions after reading this page, you are welcome to get in touch; if your questions require some discussion we will arrange for you to chat with one of our expert literacy professionals.

What is Sounds-Write

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