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Emma Nahna

Speech and Language Therapist, New Zealand

Sounds-Write has provided me with a solid understanding of evidence-based techniques to teach anyone to read and write - of any age! It has provided all the resources and skills I need in a straightforward, no-nonsense but highly engaging way.

Janet Hilary

National Leader of Education, UK

I recommend Sounds-Write to every teacher and school leader I meet. The training is top quality and all staff use consistent methods to teach phonics, reading and spelling effectively. Teachers love the clarity and effectiveness of the Sounds-Write programme and are highly motivated by the achievement and enjoyment of all learners. Skills are taught explicitly and pupils demonstrate confidence and success from the outset. Progress is rapid and the quality of writing from Reception onwards astonishes visitors from other schools.

Dr. Gerard Beleckas

Assistant Superintendent, - Lynbrook Schools, Long Island, USA

The Sounds-Write course is very comprehensive. It teaches philosophy and methodology side-by-side, so that educators know exactly why and how to implement this very precise, scientific approach to reading and writing in the classroom.

Ian Clennan

Headteacher, Selby Community Primary School, Selby, North Yorkshire, UK and National Leader of Education

Sounds-Write is more than just a scheme for phonics. For Selby Community Primary School it has improved pupils’ self-esteem around reading and writing. Sounds-Write has developed stronger spellers and pupils who transfer their phonics knowledge straight into their written work. This has allowed teachers to develop a curriculum with strong links between speaking, listening, reading and writing from the start of their school life.

Michael Park

Headteacher, Princecroft School, Wiltshire, UK

Sounds-Write has had a significant impact at Princecroft School and is transforming the life chances of our children. From very low starting points the children now make rapid progress in their phonics and by the end of Years 1 and 2 are decoding and reading at standards above their peers nationally. The lessons are carefully structured and consistently applied across the school with excellent training and materials to support the teachers. The children love the lessons and the teachers love teaching it!

I would have no hesitation in recommending this high quality Sounds-Write approach to any school wanting to raise standards and expectations in phonics and reading.

Teachers’ subject knowledge and therefore their confidence with teaching phonics has vastly improved since the implementation of Sounds-Write. The skills taught through the programme are transferable throughout the curriculum with improved reading, writing and spelling from our children. The principles of Sounds-Write are appropriate and progressive throughout the whole primary spectrum with phonics lessons being used to support KS1 and KS2 teaching. This consistency has really supported the children and teachers in our school.

Lindsay Vollans

Executive Head, St. Michael’s C of E Primary School Bishop Middleham and Evenwood C of E Primary School, Bishop Auckland, County Durham,UK

Sarah Collymore

Headteacher, St. George's CE Primary School, Battersea, London, UK; National Leader of Education

At St George's we use Sounds-Write and I cannot recommend it highly enough. We are a National Support School and have visitors from all over the UK and abroad visit the school each year. To a person, they are always astounded by the phonics and spelling they see.

In a school with high mobility, high deprivation and high EAL we can attest to the fact that Sounds-Write works for all children. It can be used for groups, whole class, 1:1, new arrivals to English and SEND pupils with ease and is a sure way to narrow the gaps for pupils. 

The training is high quality and all staff use consistent methods to teach phonics, reading and spelling effectively. Skills are taught explicitly and pupils demonstrate confidence and success from the outset.

Mark Wildman

Headteacher, Wicor Primary School, Hampshire, UK

This has been a training package par excellence.  I've been teaching since 1983 and this is probably one of the best training programmes I have experienced in all this time.  I love its construction and the way research and rationale are threaded through pragmatic instruction.  I can see the level of intellectual graft that has gone into this - awesome - literally.  I wish I had received this training as a 'probationer' all those years ago but alas life doesn't always pan out that way.  However, I am glad I am around to realise the significance of this and to enable my colleagues to access it.  In fact, I think is so fundamental to primary school teaching, I am going to offer it to all teaching staff and support staff who support our learners in reading.  This has been more than an Early Years/KS 1 fest - it is, in my view, central to a school's reading policy.

I have never known staff talk so much about their training and I have rarely received so many requests and insights from staff following a piece of training. 


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