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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David sent out an eNewsletter with news about the development and launch of the series of nine (x6) phonics and language comprehension Pupil Books, plus nine Teacher Books, plus USB Stick with additional resources, plus six mini Alphabetic Code Charts: 'No Nonsense Phonics Skills' Starter Kit (Raintree Publishing). We received quite a lot of very kind and encouraging emails in response of which here is one:


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Hi Debbie,

Congratulations and thank you for all you have done for children, parents and teachers! I am pleased to say that in our highly non-phonics school I am now teaching, as a specialist, phonics to Class 1 and their teacher is enrolled in your online training. Small steps enabled by your hard work.

Thank you

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh my! Thrilled to get this comment written by a Principal in Australia via a tweet:

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best course I've ever done in my entire career!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The following comment and a couple of questions were sent to me via our course 'messages' facility.

I asked permission to copy and paste the message and my response to it because these may be relevant to other people taking the course.

The original message:

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Thank you for developing such a useful and practical course. In Australia we are required to complete 100 professional learning hours each five years. Would you mind confirming that this course takes 20 hours to complete so that I may submit my claim?

Additionally would you advise if the posters and student sheets are available in different fonts. The UK letter formations appear are quite different to our NSW Foundation Font, e.g. no tail for f, no kicks for a, capital J does not have a 'hat', etc.


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Thank you for your very kind words about my course. I do hope that you have found it really useful and practical as that is the most important objective I have!

I am very happy to account for even more hours than the 20 hours you mention. If you have done any additional reading and perusing the PI resources, you must have spent far longer.

It may be that you don’t want the course to account for more than 20 hours but if it would serve you to claim for more hours than 20, please can you suggest the total time you have realistically spent on the course and additional study related to it.

Re the font style – I’m afraid I have not produced the resources in different fonts although I have been asked this a number of times. My suggestion is that learners have to read content in different fonts so it does not hurt them to ‘read’ in the Sassoon Primary Infant that we have mainly used.

With regard to handwriting, however, may I suggest that you just tell your learners that, in your region, you teach a specific style – and then modify any resources where specific letter formation is required to the style you prefer to use or have to use. You can model your regional style on the board, in exercise books at the size that is better for the learner, and direct onto sheets such as the core Sounds Book Activity Sheets.

So, there are ways to get round the font issue without thinking that the resources cannot be used in your context.

I do hope these suggestions help.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In a conversation via Facebook, I received this heartwarming feedback:

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Hi Debbie, Yes I have been able to access everything and am using the materials with predominantly Australian Year 1 students and a few children from years 2 to 6 in a private tutoring setting, often only once a week.

The students I see are struggling readers often with a background of phonological speech disorders.

We have had some terrific success after some intensive work last term and I'm seeing students changing from being completely overwhelmed and anxious regarding reading to confident and proud readers. Just fabulous!

I will definitely email you with any questions directly and also check into the forum. Many thanks again.


David and I launched a new website in January 2017 'Phonics Intervention.org' and through this site, we have provided a Tutors' Directory, see here:

https://phonicsintervention.org/tutors/

Sari, who sent the message above, is listed here:

https://phonicsintervention.org/tutors/name/sari-parkinson/

For anyone who is interested, I am writing a very informative and challenging blog via the www.phonicsintervention.org site, see:

https://phonicsintervention.org/phonics-intervention-blog/
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I couldn't resist adding this (part of a) message with its comments about the Reading Recovery Teacher! My online course is as cheap as chips and yet very comprehensive and doable - and highly practical - without paying a fortune as required for Reading Recovery training (which promotes flawed multi-cueing word-guessing strategies) and taking a year or so to get (mis)trained!

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Dear Debbie

Thank you for all you do to try and get Australia on track. It is so depressing here and the refusal of teachers to teach phonics is so harmful for the children...

...You ‘ll have to come to Australia and somehow get teachers to change!!!

A good thing; a friend who also helps TTR4L has just finished your course and she was a Reading Recovery Teacher. She has loved it and gets better results now!!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is very welcome feedback from my 2-day face-to-face training event held in Newbury in July 2017. The lady who sent it had already completed my Phonics Training Online course and I had advised her that the online information is very detailed and she would not need to attend the 2-day course which, because of time constraints, cannot be as detailed or in-depth. Nevertheless, I found that a few people still chose to attend the 2-day course even though they had completed the online course!


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Dear Debbie,

I've been wanting to write to you since we finished the course but haven't had a minute. I arrived in Buenos Aires only last Monday and went straight to school that morning!

I'd like to thank you whole-heartedly for the course. I remember that some months ago you wrote to me that I might not learn much, having already done the online course. I fully disagree. It was so useful! There is so much to learn, to grasp! It's endless and seeing you helped a lot. Now, of course, I have to re-read all my notes, download some of the material in Phonics International that you so generously shared with us all, and decide what's more appropriate for our students.

Your generosity is something I simply cannot stop thinking about and can't thank you enough for. There aren't many people who are willing to share their knowledge and vast experience as much as you are. You are certainly an example to follow, for your generosity and your passion.

Now I hope I can meet the challenge and transmit not only what I learnt with teachers in my school but also at least a bit of this passion.

Thanks a lot once again, Debbie! It was really great meeting you!


Imagine being the recipient of such a wonderful, thoughtful message. I'm so very appreciative.

I may well provide the training courses and various resources, but it is the individuals who make the decision to undertake these courses and then they have to work hard to implement the programmes and guidance in their settings - according to their particular contexts and the needs of their learners.

In other words, this is about 'teamwork' in every sense of the word. I am just one part of this bigger team!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the main issues at the heart of many schools that I'm asked to provide consultancy for is the lack of 'continuity and consistency' of phonics provision of their staff members. It could well be that teachers and teaching assistants are working hard and providing good phonics lessons, but it is not uncommon for them to be inconsistent in their teaching language and they may lack coherence and structure in the phonics content they provide.

This is particularly challenging in many international schools which are often staffed by teachers from across the world. These teachers may have very different professional understanding about how best to teach foundational skills in literacy (as the reading debate persists).

Below is a snippet from an email exchange of questions and answers with a teacher in an international school in China who has completed Phonics Training Online. I have flagged it up here because I think there is a lot of sense to undertake the same professional development course (such as Phonics Training Online) so that all staff members can share a common understanding and practices.


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Good day,

Thank you so much for the detailed response. It is very exciting to communicate with you.

I should note that - upon showing the course to my respective bosses - they may make it the 'unifying' professional development that all teachers at our school must complete. It is in this that I am especially thankful for the course.


I think this is a very good idea!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a firm supporter of teachers knowing about different phonics programmes and their accompanying guidance so they can make truly informed choices about their provision.

Essential information includes knowing about the underpinning rationale for the programme content as it should be informed by research and leading-edge practice. I'm always happy to support students undertaking further studies in this field and was very pleased to receive this feedback:

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Hi Debbie,

Wow, indeed. I am starting to enjoy the phonics training. sad it had to come to an end. The lesson content is invaluable, easy to understand and on point. Thank you so much for taking the pains to research extensively on the subject. The good thing is that I can afford to adopt your methods in comparative study for my master thesis with your permission of course.

Thank you for having me in your programme.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely to receive messages like this - thank you so much for those people who contact us to say they've enjoyed/appreciated our online course:

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Dear Phonics Int Team,

Thank you for this educational phonics course. I have greatly enjoyed learning with this program and am proud to have received my training certification. I work as a Literacy Coordinator with my school and would like to start Implementing your Early Years Phonics package...

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reminding someone that Phonics Training Online is a gateway to 20 level 7 Masters credits...

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Hi... thanks Debbie. I have done the phonics international online course and found it most informative and useful. I had forgotten that it could be a credit to further study! Will look further into that.

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