Teaching Phonics to Support Reading and Writing

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23rd April, 2024 - 10:00 am to 15:30 pm
21st May, 2024 - 10:00 am to 15:30 pm


Centre for Literacy in Primary Education
Webber Street
London SE1 8QW Map

Books provided

Lunch provided

Resources provided



Class Teacher

Phase Leader

Subject Leader

This 2 day training is designed to support you to develop subject knowledge in the teaching, use and application of phonics, whichever validated scheme your school has decided to use. This will include an overview of the core features of an effective systematic phonics programme and the associated subject knowledge, terminology and practice that runs across all validated schemes. 

All elements of the training are in line with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, the Reading Framework and National Curriculum.

This Course will:

  • Exemplify practice that ensures that children have the knowledge and skills to read with increased fluency, a greater depth of comprehension and the motivation to read for pleasure independently, and to have the ideas, imagination and motivation to write for a range of purposes with increased fluency and spelling accuracy.
  • Support teachers in developing their subject knowledge in the effective teaching of phonics based on the latest evidence and research.
  • Develop teachers’ understanding of early phonological development and how to ensure that children have the foundations of literacy for a taught programme of phonics to be successful.
  • Outline a systematic approach to the teaching of phonics and wider word recognition strategies, using books and teaching approaches which develop children’s language, vocabulary and engagement with reading and writing.

This course will include evidence and learning from CLPE’s latest publication The Balancing Act: Teaching Phonics, Reading and Writing, written by our Learning and Programme Director, Charlotte Hacking, in collaboration with Professor Dominic Wyse from University College London (UCL), due for publication in June 2024.

What participants will receive:

As well as 2 full days training, all participants will receive a resource pack designed to help put the strategies from the course into practice across Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. The pack includes carefully selected high quality texts, sample long term planning outlining a systematic approach to the teaching of phonics, two detailed planning sequences to use in the classroom and research publications to support ongoing development of subject knowledge.  

Participants will receive joining instructions for the course one week before the training date. If you have any queries, please email [email protected].

Why choose CLPE for your literacy training?

CLPE is a respected, trusted and innovative centre of excellence, its reputation established over its fifty-year history of training teachers in best practice that is rooted in ground-breaking research. Our responsiveness to trends and patterns in education means we are able to guide you in interpreting policy with integrity.

Our face-to-face courses are all held at our Literacy Library a unique 25,000 volume resource, which enables us to place high-quality children’s literature at the heart of our ethos and practice. Each course is delivered by one of CLPE’s expert advisory teachers, who can draw on decades of experience and expertise in leadership and literacy, supporting you to effect sustainable change that is built on a solid foundation of evidence.


It gave me the opportunity to consider a variety of story books and poems to support phonic lessons, alongside our current scheme, as well as to support writing across the key stages.

Teacher on Teaching Phonics to Support Reading and Writing, 2024

I think the learning will significantly impact my students - especially a balanced approach where my students are struggling with the needs they have. Using engaging literature and incorporating fun elements will impact engagement.

Teacher on Teaching Phonics to Support Reading and Writing, 2024

You must attend to inspire Early Years and KS1 literacy teaching

Teacher on Teaching Phonics to Support Reading and Writing, 2024

Excellent delivery, knowledgeable trainer.

Teacher on Teaching Phonics to Support Reading and Writing, 2024