English: Post-16 Phonics - improving spelling & basic reading (Code: C0872)

Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown this course explores the principles and practices that underpin the Post-16 Phonics Toolkit. Participants will discuss the benefits and challenges of using phonics-based teaching and then explore the key concepts, terminology, skills progression and teaching approaches presented in the Toolkit.

Pricing options

There are two pricing options.

1. Individual fees

• SET member: £85

• Non-SET member: £100

2. In-house

Get the maximum value from your CPD budget and run an in-house course at a date and time to suit. In-house course: £500

To book an in-house course please follow this link: https://ccpathways.co.uk/shaping-success-bookings/


Online - Phonics for ESOL Learners
Date: 17/03/2021
Price: from £100.00
3 Free places available
Online - Phonics for Entry Level Learners
Date: 24/03/2021
Price: from £100.00
2 Free places available
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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?

This course is for:

  • Functional Skills English teachers
  • GCSE teachers whose learners struggle with spelling
  • Vocational/ technical teachers who support learners' Functional English development.
  • Learning support specialists.

Training aim

Drawing on lessons learnt from lockdown, this course aims to support teachers to use Post-16 Phonics approaches with learners who need to develop emerging reading skills and become more confident spellers. This course focuses on how to teach reading and spelling using phonics as part of a broad English programme.


By the end of the session, you will have the knowledge and confidence to:

  • explain the importance of phonics in developing early reading and spelling skills
  • review the benefits and challenges of using phonics-based teaching with post 16 learners
  • use a simplified progression of phonic skills when planning a Functional English programme
  • integrate some phonic-based teaching strategies into their teaching
  • access further support from the Post 16 Phonics Toolkit.


This is a blended learning course, which consists of two 2-hour live sessions and self-led learning between them. The live sessions will be held at least one week apart, giving you a week to complete the mid-course tasks.

Entry Requirements

  • Functional Skills English teachers
  • GCSE teachers whose learners struggle with spelling
  • Vocational/ technical teachers who support learners' Functional English development
  • Learning support specialists

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
E: bookingsupport@etfoundation.co.uk