DfE Validated Phonics Programme Training
Smart Kids Letters and Sounds: The Code

For Reception/KS1 Teachers and TAs
DfE Validated Phonics Programme Training

We believe that effective phonics teaching and provision for early reading makes a real difference to children’s life chances. That is why we are proud to provide training and support for schools who have chosen to use the DfE Validated Smart Kids Letters and Sounds: The Code.

This training is appropriate for schools who are using the DfE Validated Smart Kids Letters and Sounds Phonics Programme: The Code.  This CPD can be delivered via Zoom or face to face as appropriate.

This training will:

  • Give teachers and TAs confidence in phonics terminology, subject knowledge and best practice re the teaching of early reading.
  • Explore practical strategies and effective routines to teach blending, segmenting, knowledge of GPCs and common exception words.
  • Examine the Smart Kids Letters and Sounds Phonics Programme: The Code, including the teaching sequence, progression in phonics and assessment of pupil progress.
  • Provide guidance on how best to support children who are at risk of falling behind the expected pace of the programme.
Training options for one school:

Free consultancy call to discuss bespoke phonics CPD suitable for your school.
• Option 1: 3 hour session £595 (+VAT).
• Option 2: Whole day INSET £1275 (+VAT).

A menu of CPD packages are available including support for school leaders, phonics refresher training and catch-up for KS2.

Discounted rates are also available for groups of schools working together.

Contact us via [email protected] or call Pet on 07779337450 to discuss your needs.

To download your free DfE Validated Smart Kids – The Code Guidance and Planning, simply click the links below which will take you to the Smart Kids website.

YR Planning

Y1 Planning


What do schools say about our phonics training?

“I just wanted to drop you a line to say how much we all enjoyed your phonics training session yesterday.  I have to say we were a little bit worried about a whole day’s training on Zoom however the day flew by and we all could have spent much longer talking and listening to you!  The content, opportunities for interaction and practical strategies were great, it covered phonics and so much more.  It was really clear that you had listened to our specific needs ahead of the training to personalise the delivery.  All of our staff have come away buzzing and have been looking on your website for their next training course with you.  We’ve already got the parent workshop details ready to be shared next week and are looking into the Poem A Day Project!” Susan Quince, Deputy Head at Pilgrims Pre Preparatory School

“Thank you so much for the training yesterday. There is such a buzz around all the schools and soo much excitement. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I cannot wait to have another training session. This was soo insightful.” Emmah Munyanyi, Director, Wise Owl Group of Schools, Zimbabwe

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