Phonics Programme

Pickwick Learning are delighted to be working with Excalibur, Nexus and Swindon Teaching School Alliances on a 54 school multi-local authority wide phonics school improvement programme.  We are leading two of the five hubs working with teachers, TAs, senior leaders and specialist leaders of education to train and support the development of phonics in the region.

The project aims to improve pupils' mastery of basic phonic knowledge to develop speed and fluency so that they become confident, mature readers with a passion for reading.  Schools will develop a high level of expertise through training 54 phonics champions and 54 phonics TA phonics leads.  The training modules and resources will be made available to schools from outside the programme.  The focus will be primarily on the Wiltshire, Swindon and South Gloucestershire regions.  Expertise from partners will be used to develop 5 hubs of excellence from which a high-quality programme of support will be delivered.

The fully (DfE) funded programme will be run over approximately two years including:

  • The opportunity to receive support for current Y1 and Reception pupils, with further support for Y2 pupils who do not pass the phonics screener at the end of the academic year
  • The opportunity to develop a phonics champion teacher and TA lead for each school
  • Access to resources and training in the use of bespoke phonics training materials, including targeted resources for SEND and EAL
  • Access to materials and support for running parent information sessions and increasing parental engagement
  • Release time for staff to attend training, provide backfill to allow for assessment of phonics knowledge, receive support and visit other settings
  • 3 days a year of personalised support from a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) with specific expertise and passion for phonics
  • Access to programme and hub leaders
  • Access to examples of 'best practice collated by the SLEs, Phonics Hubs and Programme Director
  • The opportunity to receive free HLTA training
  • The opportunity for phonics champion to study for 60 credits towards a Masters Module through Bath Spa University

For more information about the project please contact us and arrange a discussion.

Programme benefits and expectations


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