Using phonics-based teaching at Entry Level: developing readers and writers (West and South) (Code: C0480)

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.

Pricing options

<Face to face 1 day>

There are two pricing options:

1. Individual fees

  • Society for Education and Training member: £85
  • Non-members: £100  

2. In-house

2. In-house To get maximum value from your CPD budget we can run this course in-house at a time and venue to suit you.

  • Training for up to 16 staff: £880
  • Training for up to 32 staff: £1,700  

You can also add a post-course webinar to your session to help embed the learning from the course in practice for only an additional £200.

<Webinar 1 session>

There are two pricing options:

1. Individual fees

  • Society for Education and Training member: £21.25
  • Non-members: £25  

2. In-house

To get maximum value from your CPD budget we can run this course for a group of your staff online at a time and venue to suit you for £200 per webinar.


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Free Places

A limited number of free places are offered on this course. Please see the 'Upcoming' section above for current availability. Free places are offered to ensure greater diversity on our courses, so to qualify you must either:

  • Work in an organisation in one of the 12 opportunity areas (Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, Norwich, Oldham, Scarborough, Stoke, West Somerset)
  • Work in an organisation with an annual turnover of less than £500,000
  • Consider yourself to have a disability
  • Come from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background

You must also agree to be contacted by our evaluation team.

To book a free place find a course that has free places remaining and book a single place. At the payments stage of the booking you will be asked to tell us which of the three criteria you meet. Once selected, click on the 'recalculate' button to reduce the cost of the booking to zero and complete the booking.

If, for whatever reason, you are unable to attend, please advise us at least one week before the course takes place. This will allow us to offer the free place to someone else who works in the FE sector, so they can take advantage of this offer.

SET Membership

SET members are entitled to an exclusive 15% discount off this ETF professional development course.

Find out more about SET membership on the Society for Education and Training (SET) website.

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 Entry level 2, Entry level 1 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 Entry level 2/ Entry level 3). 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.