Phonics: an introduction to the key principles of post-16 phonics (Code: C1247)

This interactive course offers an introduction to the key ideas and terminology of post-16 phonics. You will explore important guiding principles to apply to your practice to optimise the influence phonics can have on learners.

The course lays the foundations to give you the knowledge, confidence and motivation to go on to attend other phonics courses. English teachers know that many learners re-sitting exams want to improve their reading and spelling, and it is not always the case that learners studying GCSE feel more confident in reading and spelling than those studying Functional Skills.


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Who is this for?

This course is for teachers of Functional Skills and GCSE English in the post-16 sector or learning support assistants who support learners working towards these qualifications, as phonics approaches can be useful for many learners.

Training aim

To provide participants with an introduction to the key ideas, terminology and guiding principles underpinning post-16 phonics approaches.


On this course, you will:

  • learn about the following key terms and concepts: phoneme, grapheme, grapheme-phoneme correspondence, syllable, basic code, basic code plus and one-to-many
  • explore some of the guiding principles of post-16 phonics.

By the end of this course, you will be able to break words down into their component phonemes, graphemes and syllables and have an improved awareness of how phonics can be used to support a wide range of learner needs (including adaptations for qualification differences and different approaches for supporting reading and spelling).


One hour

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If this course is not currently available at a suitable date/location, please register your interest and we will let you know about new events as they are announced.

If you have any questions, please contact:

T: 0800 0 831 830