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What is Sounds-Write?

Why Sounds-Write?

Sounds-Write is an expertly structured synthetic phonics programme based on the science of reading. This multisensory, code-oriented, comprehensive approach to literacy has been designed by teachers—and for teachers.

For almost 20 years, we’ve been delivering a high-quality development programme which empowers education professionals to impart on children those most critical abilities for a happy, successful life and career: excellent reading and writing skills.

What makes Sounds-Write different?

There are lots of phonics programmes out there—but Sounds-Write is based on a model grounded most fundamentally in the development of teacher knowledge. By equipping education professionals with superior literacy teaching capabilities, they have it in their hands to shape a generation of children’s futures according to the latest innovations in teaching and child development.

What makes Sounds-Write so effective?

From Reception to Year 6, students learn the concepts necessary for proficient reading and writing. They master the 175 most common spellings of the 44 sounds in English through reading and writing polysyllabic words, as well as following our two codes:

  • the Initial Code (Reception)
  • the Extended Code (Year 1 onwards).

Sounds-Write requires minimum planning, preparation, and expense to implement. Based on the latest research into cognitive load theory and the principles of direct instruction, the programme has been specially designed to accelerate learning—no matter the student’s level.

What’s more, Sounds-Write also enhances teachers’ knowledge of phonics, giving them the guidance, knowledge, and resources to teach children how to read and write to the best of their abilities. The programme has been acknowledged by the DfE as having met all their criteria for exceptional linguistic phonics teaching.


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