Using phonics-based teaching at Entry Level: emergent readers and writers

During this course for supporting emergent readers and writers, you will explore the principles and practices that underpin the new Post-16 Phonics Toolkit. You will learn how to plan phonics-based teaching, learning and assessment activities for post-16 learners. You will explore factors to be considered when supporting learners with diverse needs and strengths, including SEND/ LDD learners and ESOL learners.

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Who is this for?

Functional Skills English tutors and learning support assistants, working with emergent readers and writers (learners working towards Entry Level 1 and lower-end Entry Level 2).

Training aim

The aim of this course is to introduce participants to Post-16 Phonics principles and practices in the context of working with emergent readers and writers (working towards Entry Level 1 or low-end Entry Level 2).


You will have the knowledge and confidence to:

  • identify the Post-16 Phonics concepts that underpin the Post-16 Phonics Toolkit
  • identify what is meant by 'Basic Code' and 'Basic Code Plus' and how this relates to practice.
  • begin to assess learners' needs in terms of where the learner is on a continuum of phonic skills and knowledge
  • plan practical phonics approaches to use with emergent readers/ writers.
  • identify factors to be considered when supporting SEND/ LDD learners
  • identify factors to be considered when supporting ESOL learners.


One day.

Entry Requirements

You should be teaching or be in a support role on a Functional Skills English programme.

Contact us

If this course is not currently available in your area, and you would like to attend then register your interest. We will let you know about new events as they are announced.

If you have any questions, please contact:

T: 0800 0 831 830