Sounds-Write Training Schools
Sounds-Write Training Schools have been carefully selected because of their outstanding implementation of the Sounds-Write approach.
We are delighted to announce that there are now two Sounds-Write Training School in Australia. They join the five Sounds-Write Training Schools in the UK in providing taster days and other staff development opportunities.
Angel Oak Academy, Peckham, London
At Angel Oak Academy we use the Sounds~Write linguistic phonics programme to teach our children to read, spell and write. Children are taught to understand the relationship between spoken language and written words. It starts with what the children naturally acquire, spoken language, and teaches them the relationship between sound-spelling correspondences. Teaching children to read through Linguistic Phonics allows them to develop their decoding skills; this supports children in learning to blend graphemes (letters) for reading, segment phonemes (sounds) for spelling and manipulate phonemes (sounds) to develop accuracy in reading and spelling. All of our teachers receive training to deliver the Sounds~Write phonics programme.
St George’s C of E Primary School, Battersea, London
St. George’s is the school with the highest deprivation factor in the borough of Wandsworth. We are keen to share what we’ve learned about working in this context and embedding Sounds-Write as our school-wide phonics approach with anyone who wants to know more.
At St George’s we have used Sounds-Write for seven years and we 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.
St Michael’s C of E Primary School, Bishop Middleham, co. Durham.
At St. Michael’s C of E Primary School, we believe that being able to read and write are the vital skills that enable us to understand and express ourselves more effectively. These skills open the door to learning.
At St Michael’s, all of our teaching and support staff have been trained in Sounds-Write. The knowledge of sounds and symbols is an important starting point for understanding and using written language and we believe that a strong and consistent approach to the teaching of phonics is vital for our children to begin to access the rest of the curriculum.
Princecroft Primary School, Warminster, Wiltshire
At Princecroft, we teach the skill of reading and writing through our daily phonics program, Sounds-Write. Sound-Write has been hugely successful at Princecroft since it was introduced in 2016, all members of staff have taken part in a 4-day training course and regular training continues to ensure that we teach phonics to the highest standard.
Selby Community Primary School, Selby, North Yorkshire
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.
Ballarat Clarendon College, Ballarat, Victoria
Teachers at Ballarat Clarendon College believe that every child, given the right instruction over the right amount of time, can learn to read. Teaching practices at Clarendon are underpinned by the explicit instruction of foundational knowledge, with ample opportunities for modelling and shared and independent practice. The early reading program at Clarendon is based on Sounds-Write, a linguistic phonics approach that aligns with leading research in how children learn. Sounds-Write's focus on relating the sounds of spoken English to their symbols, along with the acquisition of blending and segmenting, allow all of our students to make progress in reading, spelling and writing. Teachers at Clarendon are keen to share what they have learnt from Sounds-Write and how it can underpin the teaching of English in primary schools.
Camperdown College, Camperdown, Victoria
Camperdown College was an early adopter of Sounds-Write in 2017, with staff embracing the research base and professional stretch. Teachers and education support staff have completed a four day training course and continue to learn and grow together through a local Sounds-Write cluster, school-based peer observation, mentoring and feedback. Students enjoy the structure and rigour of the daily phonics program which is supporting all learners to get off to a flying start to school. It is a consistent and much enjoyed element of our daily literacy teaching that enables our teachers to equip students with the right skills when reading, writing and spelling. 'Say the sounds and read the word' is a very rehearsed and communicated phrase in all of our primary classrooms. Camperdown College provides guidance to other schools commencing their Sounds-Write journey and has recently become one of Australia's first Sounds-Write training schools.
Sounds-Write taster days:
Sounds-Write Training Schools offer taster days, which teachers and other educational practitioners can attend in order to find out about using the Sounds-Write approach and see it in action in the classroom. The taster days are aimed at those who have little or no prior knowledge of Sounds-Write. The aim of the session is to introduce delegates to the approach and to the way it has been implemented in the Training School, to demonstrate some of the lessons, to enable delegates to see Sounds-Write being taught in the classroom, and to see some children’s work.
Forthcoming taster days:
** Due to coronavirus restrictions, no events are currently scheduled.**