Letters and Sounds Training

Training is aimed at Reception/Foundation to Year 2 teachers and is appropriate for schools who are either using or implementing the Smart Kids Letters and Sounds phonics programme. This CPD can be delivered via zoom or face to face as appropriate.

This training will:
  • Give teachers and TAs confidence in phonics terminology, subject knowledge and best practice re the teaching of early reading.
  • Explore practical strategies and effective routines to teach blending, segmenting, knowledge of GPCs and common exception words.
  • Examine the Smart Kids Letters and Sounds Phonics Programme, including the teaching sequence, progression in phonics and assessment of pupil progress. 
  • Provide guidance on how best to support children who are at risk of falling behind the expected pace of the programme.
Training options for one school:
Free consultancy call to discuss bespoke CPD suitable for your school: 3 hour session $999.
A menu of CPD packages are available including support for school leaders and phonics refresher training. Discounted rates are also available for groups of schools working together.
Please contact one of our training partners:
Dandelion Learning: info@dandelionlearning.org
Herts for Learning: training@hertsforlearning.org
Herts for Learning (HfL) is a provider of products and services to schools and educational settings within and outside Hertfordshire. We believe that every young person, through access to a great education, should be able to realise their potential, regardless of where they live or their circumstances. We focus on supporting the schools we work with to achieve successful long-term outcomes for their children.  

Dandelion Learning provides inspirational training and support for schools across the UK and internationally. We believe that effective phonics teaching and provision for early reading in particular can make a real difference to children's life chances. That is why we set up Dandelion Learning – to make a difference to the lives of teachers and ultimately the children they teach. Our training is active and practical and all the strategies we promote are evidence based, ensuring every child reaches their full potential and no child is left behind.  


"Pet delivered an engaging and informative INSET on phonics. She tailored the sessions to precisely what we asked for and needed. She was able to answer questions helpfully. We are now all feeling excited and ready to deliver our new phonics scheme! Thank you.'  Louisa Wilson, English Lead, Mandeville Primary School  
‘We specifically chose Smart Kids The Code as the resources were particularly appropriate for our children with age appropriate mnemonic cards and a range of fiction and non-fiction closely matched decodable books. The phonics training with Pet from Dandelion Learning was very beneficial for all staff and allowed us as a school to have a programme that is accessible and adaptive. The training delivered was easy to follow, interactive and informative. Pet delivered the training to the needs of our school and differentiated the training to suit the needs of our school.’  
Claire Hutchinson, English Lead at Eresby Special School  
‘I just wanted to drop you a line to say how much we all enjoyed your phonics training session yesterday.  I have to say we were a little bit worried about a whole day’s training on Zoom however the day flew by and we all could have spent much longer talking and listening to you!  The content, opportunities for interaction and practical strategies were great, it covered phonics and so much more.  It was really clear that you had listened to our specific needs ahead of the training to personalise the delivery.  All of our staff have come away buzzing and have been looking on your website for their next training course with you.  We’ve already got the parent workshop details ready to be shared next week and are looking into the Poem A Day Project!’
Susan Quince, Deputy Head at Pilgrims Pre Preparatory School