Using phonics-based teaching at Entry Level: developing readers/ writers

During this course for supporting developing 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 developing readers and writers (learners working towards high-end Entry level 2, Entry Level 3 and above.)

If you have previous undertaken the Post-16 Phonics course for emergent readers/ writers, you will find that this course different in focus and content, so can be taken in addition. You may also wish to undertake the emergent readers/writers course if you also support learners working towards low-end E2, E1 and below.

Training aim

The aim of this course is to introduce participants to Post-16 Phonics principles and practices in the context of working with developing readers & writers (learners working towards higher end E2/ E3). The focus will be on approaches that support learners to decode and, in particular, spell words they encounter in their lives, work & studies with particular reference to 'one-to-many' sounds and spellings.


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 'One-to-many' and how this relates to practice
  • help to assess where learners are on a continuum of phonic skills and knowledge
  • plan and use phonics approaches with developing readers/ writers
  • differentiate learning in groups where learners have a range of phonic skills and knowledge.


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