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Phonics International - a FREE DfE Validated Programme

In the spirit of believing that 'literacy for all' is an entitlement, Debbie has decided to give FREE access to  her Phonics International Programme wherever in the world you may be and whatever your circumstances! Click HERE for FREE Access...

Please also check out our online training course - which we believe to be the best available at an unbelievably low price of only £20.00 (plus VAT where applicable)...!

For comments and feedback about the Phonics Training Online self-study course, click HERE.

FREE additional resources - from ages 3+ to adult as required

We provide an extensive range of free eBooks and other material that may be helpful to support teachers who are working direct with their school communities and/or helpful to parents/carers or tutors who are interested in content-rich resources for learning (or revision of) phonics for reading, spelling and handwriting. Click HERE

A FREE recorded webinar packed full of information about phonics provision can be viewed by - clicking HERE

The webinar includes teaching English as an additional language and full printable notes are provided.

Written by leading synthetic phonics expert, Debbie Hepplewhite

Phonics International (PI) is a highly-organised, systematic and yet flexible online synthetic phonics programme (program). Designed for all ages and needs and suitable for anyone who wants to learn to read and spell. Furthermore, PI is perfect for schools, tutoring and homeschooling. Teachers, teaching assistants, tutors, learners and learners' parents will all find the resources very supportive and effective. Student-teachers and teacher-trainers will also find great benefit from using our phonics programme for training purposes.

Debbie's approach is 'Two-pronged systematic and incidental phonics teaching and learning'[Click HERE]. This is supported by the ever-present, overview Alphabetic Code Chart to show the spelling system in a 'tangible' format. Debbie has designed many versions of free printable Alphabetic Code Charts [Click HERE] and we also provide ready-made mini (tabletop) and giant (classroom display) versions if required [Click HERE].


PI resources are exciting, colourful, informative and enjoyable for teachers and learners to use. The resources are based on research and leading-edge practice. This is not a ‘pink and fluffy’ phonics programme! PI has a massive bank of unique and printable ‘rolling programme’ teaching and learning resources.

These resources can be printed out to hard copy, viewed online by individuals or projected onto white screens for group or classroom work.

So how much does this all cost? Well, as of January 2021, we have made the full Phonics International programme completely FREE for everyone! This includes free access to our 'Early Years Starter Package' which, in effect, is a 'programme within a programme' - the resources can be used as a stand-alone body of work or to complement the full Phonics International programme.

To read feedback about the effectiveness of Debbie's programmes from people in various contexts in different countries, click HERE to see our REVIEW/LITERACY BLOG.

DfE-validated 'No Nonsense Phonics' programme

This 'pick up and go' hard copy programme developed by Debbie from the 'core and essential' resources of the Phonics International programme also embraces Debbie's 'two-pronged systematic and incidental phonics teaching and learning' principles. The programme is proving to be highly effective as it is so very supportive of both teaching and learning practices. The children's own Pupil Books provide plenty of the right kind of practice for learners!

The back story: In 2017, Raintree Ltd published some of Debbie's well-designed content as a 'pick-up-and-go' series of 9 hard copy Pupil Books and 9 parallel Teacher Books entitled 'No Nonsense Phonics Skills'.  The 'No Nonsense Phonics Skills Starter Kit' includes a USB stick with additional resources such as class visual aids, entry assessment material and further guidance.

This 'No Nonsense Phonics Skills' series was well-received for its immediate effectiveness and ease of use by teachers, teaching assistants and pupils alike. It is designed to routinely inform 'home' providing both the informative printed phonics content and showing the children's progress. As the series includes content-rich and cumulative code, words and decodable texts, it is fully suitable for mainstream provision for infants and primary-aged children and also for targeted support and intervention for special needs.

The Department for Education in England has 'validated' 'No Nonsense Phonics' as a full 'systematic synthetic phonics' programme in its own right

The rationale for programme and resource design of 'No Nonsense Phonics' shown on the video below is also relevant to the 'Phonics International' programme - see in particular the classroom practice at 5+ minutes which shows a Year One class trialling some of Debbie's resources. So whether using the 'Phonics International' programme's resources and/or the 'No Nonsense Phonics' programme's resources, this video is relevant and informative.

The full range of hard copy resources published by Phonics International Ltd - including a new series of vocabulary-rich, cumulative, decodable 'Phonics Reading Books' which can be used with either phonics programme or to supplement the stock of phonics reading books of schools using other phonics programmes - can be seen at a glance, HERE.

For detailed information about the 'No Nonsense Phonics Skills' series to enable transparent review, plus free training PowerPoints (one with Debbie's voice over), click HERE.

Example of most of 'No Nonsense Phonics Skills' Teacher Book 2 which includes Pupil Book 2 - the answers and further guidance: Click HERE

NEWS: WAND PHONICS (published by Wand Education) is designed by Debbie to be complementary to her phonics programmes. The Department for Education (DfE) has 'validated' WAND PHONICS when used alongside 'Phonics International' and/or 'No Nonsense Phonics'. [NOTE: The 'Phonics International' programme is DfE validated in its own right, and the 'No Nonsense Phonics' programme is also DfE validated in its own right.]

WAND PHONICS is a comprehensive, online, interactive resource (systematic yet use flexibly if required) for teaching phonics from beginners in Reception (4+) through KS1 to KS2. WAND PHONICS provides quick access to 120 Phonics lessons each with 13 core activities. WAND PHONICS is designed to support teaching and learning, ongoing assessment, and work in partnership with ‘home’ when used to support mainstream class teaching and/or intervention with 'Phonics International' and/or 'No Nonsense Phonics'. WAND PHONICS provides multi-sensory, audio-video interactive practice for learners ideal for use in the school and in the home. Schools acquiring the licence can provide the interactive content for home-use of their pupils. Cost: £99 (plus VAT where applicable) for annual licence.

Rationale, Notation and Structure of 120 Lessons for Wand Phonics (Wand Education) - Click for PDF download

For more information about WAND PHONICS, click HERE to go to our REVIEWS/LITERACY BLOG.

Multi-sensory digital and paper-based blended teaching and learning in school and at home:
Wand Phonics with Phonics International and/or No Nonsense Phonics
- Click for PDF download

How to set up and use your core and essential Phonics International resources:

For those who want to dive straight into the 'nuts and bolts' of how to set up and use the Phonics International programme and resources for transparent evaluation, click the 'Big Pink Button' below!

The BIG Pink Button!

For those who would like to read more about the rationale and structure of the Phonics International programme, we provide a number of information and guidance resources which can be accessed from our 'About' page.

Further, we are providing the stand-alone Module (13) featuring the Phonics International programme's resources and guidance from our self-study 'Phonics Training Online' course for information and transparent review.

Click HERE for the 'Alice' example mentioned in the above video.