Who's it for?

  • Secondary teachers of any subject
  • F.E and Functional Skills tutors
  • Upper primary teachers

Anyone who wants to improve literacy through spelling and works with readers beyond the emergent phase.

What's the format?

The book is an A4 manual - light to keep the postage down - and coil bound for easy copying of the script, student worksheets and the spelling options chart.

Any extras?

You'll also receive a pdf of more than 300 words split into syllables and graphemes and with hints for the trickier ones. The list is made up of words from my own 40 words list, the UK statutory spelling lists for years 3, 4, 5 and 6, commonly misspelt at GCSE and a general vocabulary list from the Framework for Teaching English years 7-9. We also have several vocational lists ready to share.

Spelling is cumulative so join us on Twitter and Facebook to ask questions and get practical advice on tackling your students' nemesis words.

If I read the book, can I still come on the training?

Yes! the spelling workshops are hands-on and practical - a great addition to the book. Get in touch if you're interested in hosting a half-day workshop at your school or college.

How does this fit with the Post-16 Phonics toolkit?

On page 129 of the toolkit it says, "For more guidance on linguistic phonic approaches to reading and spelling, upon which this toolkit is based, see That Reading Thing and That Spelling Thing." Tricia was one of the lead authors on the toolkit and TST is a great support resource for anyone working with post-16 learners.

Does this work with That Reading Thing?

Yes - this makes a great add-on to TRT when you're ready to do more spelling and writing, usually after about Level 20.