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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hi Debbie,

Hope all is well.

Just coming to the end of the course which I have found very informative.

I just wondered how long I might continue to have access to all of the recordings and resources? From my perspective as long as possible, in order to go through it all again as there is so much good stuff.


Great to receive this message about how informative this person has found the course.

The course material is available for as long as people would like it to be accessible.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is much appreciated feedback from an advisor in Australia:

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Debbie, I absolutely loved the online course and have been recommending it all over the place. I have had a few teachers/leaders sign up to complete it and a few of my schools are considering asking all teaching staff to do it. Very exciting. I think my enthusiasm and passion is beginning to become contagious. I now have a little network of Literacy Leaders who have been following the research and are keen to learn more. We are hoping to embed 'No Nonsense Phonics Skills' into some of our junior classrooms next year and we may seek your support as we progress. Thank you so much for being such an inspiring resource. I’ll keep in touch!

Emma Rutherford
Education Officer, Learning and Teaching
(for Catholic Education Ballarat)


Here is information and training material for the 'No Nonsense Phonics Skills' referred to in the message above:

https://phonicsintervention.org/no-nonsense-phonics-skills/

The publisher 'Lioncrest' supplies 'No Nonsense Phonics Skills' in Australia. Please note that although the programme is advertised 'for targeted support', it can also be used for mainstream for children aged 4+ onwards:

https://lioncrest.com.au/our-range/literacy/no-nonsense-phonics-skills-detail
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the hard work of David (Hepplewhite) and me over the years feels that much more worthwhile when we get these kind comments via Twitter and other methods of networking and feedback. Thank you so much when people chip in to Twitter chats and contribute in this way - always appreciated:


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Mathias Maurer
@MaurerMathias
Replying to
@debbiehepp

@MrStanfordTeach

I am studying your online course at the moment,
@debbiehepp, and can confirm it is excellent.


This tweet generated later this tweet above:

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David Williams
@davowillz

Teach him phonics through spelling. Go on
@debbiehepp s site for a £20 online course. She's awesome and has loads free on her site.


Interestingly, these gentlemen are teachers in Wales and David and I now live in West Wales (for the past two years at the time of writing this message). I have recently been invited to speak at the forthcoming researchEd Cymru to be held in Cardiff February 2020. I feel incredibly honoured and excited and look forward to meeting lots of professionally curious teachers - the kind who turn out wanting to learn about research findings and current developments in education!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm always really pleased, as you can imagine, to read feedback such as this via Twitter! Thank you to anyone who provides feedback via any route:

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It is a huge shift in personal practice for everyone. It is only through digging much deeper and studying
@debbiehepp
's online course that I was able to constructively reflect on my own practice, and on the further difficulties of achieving consistency across school.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having answered a query sent by this Open University Graduate who is part of the way through the Phonics Training Online course, I then received this great follow-up message which I have permission to share:

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Hello Debbie,

Thank you so much for responding. This course is providing the knowledge I know I don’t have. I enrolled on the course after this twitter convo with Anne Glennie. https://twitter.com/mikpeck/status/1228680403319427072?s=20

Anne advised she’s providing training to my LA next month so I’m hoping that SSP will eventually become the policy.

I’ve recommended this programme to friends who were at uni with me (and feel as ill-equipped as I do) and to a colleague who is also a our literacy leader in school (immense experience but open-minded).

At £20 this course in a no-brainer. I wish my local authority would pay for everyone to go on it, or better still, the Scottish Government should make it a national policy and make provision from university through to schools.

Thanks again for your response.


For anyone with a particular interest in what it takes to campaign for teachers to be trained in evidence-informed systematic synthetic phonics, check out the amazing effort of Anne Glennie in Scotland via the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction forum:

https://iferi.org/iferi_forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=911
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please note - in light of the dreadful coronavirus pandemic, we have immediately made more of our resources not only 'nearly free', but free and easy access to anyone who thinks they may be of benefit.

This includes the Series of 8 eBooks 'Alphabetic Code and Phonics Skills' which we compiled from some existing core Phonics International resources into a more 'linear' pick-up-and-go body of work (with home-schooling in mind). You will also find further useful resources including some 'joined handwriting' material provided with this package but I don't recommend teaching joined handwriting, or single letters with lead-in joins, until around 7 years of age (Y2 in England). The material in this particular series is suitable from 4+ (beginners) but may also be suitable to children throughout primary as needed. This is the site:

https://teachyourchildtoread.co.uk

This original video footage below refers to material in the Phonics International 'Early Years Starter Package' but is equally relevant to the Series of 8 eBooks as the phonics routines are always the same, and much of the material in the eBooks is from the Early Years Starter Package (so it provides some good information and modelling):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKMYQ8VJwQQ&t=49s

We have also made our pre-school 'nursery' material available for 'free'. This includes the two sequential 'Phonics and Talk Time' books (available as pdfs) and the 'Teeny Reading Seeds' range of resources. These are designed for the three to five year olds - and they may be useful BEFORE embarking on a full, systematic synthetic phonics programme:

https://phonicsinternationalpreschool.com

PS: David has now created a special page with all our free bodies of work and also a pre-recorded webinar just over an hour and a half long:

https://phonicsinternational.com/cv-lockdown-resources/
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few people tweeting today asking about recommendations for phonics training received this response about our Phonics Training Online course which made my day!

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MrDunford-Crozier BEd (Hons), NPQH
@MrdunfordC

I finished the course today. Loved it!


Thank you as always to any feedback - long or short! Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This fab message was sent to David today about our Phonics Training Online course:


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PS I have contacted as many headteachers as I can to suggest that they put teachers and LSAs onto Debbie's training asap. I think all teachers and LSAs in all subjects at all key stages nationwide should be doing this right now! 🙂


Gosh - at a stroke wouldn't that raise levels of professional knowledge and understanding about what is possible for phonics provision!!! Wink
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A primary headteacher gave me this feedback via Twitter DM:


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The whole staff are enjoying your online course very much.



And as I write this post, David just received this comment:


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Hi
I am enrolled on your phonics training course and I thought it was so good, I've recommended it to a couple of colleagues.


During this pandemic 'lockdown' period, there is a marked uptake of the course from whole schools and, in England's context, even whole 'MATs' are signing up (meaning, several schools at the same time under the guidance of the MAT leadership).

Note: A MAT is a Multi-Academy Trust.
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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was great to get this feedback via Twitter DM (Direct Message) - thank you!


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Hi Debbie. I am new to EYFS (20 years in Juniors) but I wanted to do develop my phonics understanding so I completed your course. Thank you it has been amazing and the impact on the children has been amazing.


When I asked if I could copy and paste the feedback, I received this further comment:

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Please do use my comments. I just wish they would implement more of your training in university! My son's in Y3 and I am using your scheme to try and help him with his spelling! Thank you again ❤️

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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another simple bit of feedback which really makes my day.

It's a great relief that another person felt the course was worthwhile. And of course I hope this translates to so many more children being set up with strong foundational literacy!


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That was a brilliant course. I learned so much. Can I ask how long the entire course was?

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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's very good to receive this comment from a student-teacher:


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I just want to let you know how informative I found this course. There is elements that have made me think and reflect on my teacher training placements. I will use what I learn in my NQT year.

Thank you!


I wish I knew as a student-teacher what I know now, many decades later!!!
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