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Information for Parents

Did you know that teachers within the same countries and in different countries use different methods and approaches for teaching children to read, write and spell in the English language?

Did you know that teachers are therefore not trained in a common ‘understanding’ of the most effective methods whatever the differences between children’s capacity for learning?

Research – historic and current – has shown that there is a very effective and advisable approach to teach reading and spelling based on teaching the letter/s-sound correspondences of the English ‘alphabetic code’ systematically and thoroughly.

This also involves teaching the three core phonics skills of sounding out and blending for reading; identifying the sounds all-through-spoken-words for spelling and allotting letters and letter groups for those sounds; and high-quality teaching of handwriting linked to the phonics teaching.

Parents can support their children’s learning by helping them to understand the English alphabetic code in their homes and, where possible, working in partnership with teachers in the school.

We provide versions of the ‘Free Alphabetic Code Charts’ which are very suitable for use in the home – for both informing parents and supporting the learners with understanding the links between the smallest sounds of English speech (phonemes) and the letters and letter groups which represent those sounds.

For more information about ‘Systematic Synthetic Phonics’ teaching and ‘Incidental Phonics’ teaching, you will find a great deal of free information, free resources and video clip information at the website.

If you have any queries about reading, spelling and handwriting instruction, please feel free to contact Debbie at and she will get back to you as soon as she can.



Debbie Hepplewhite

Debbie Hepplewhite MBE FRSA

"Everyone, from young learners to adults, benefits from the use of Alphabetic Code Charts.

Every classroom could have a suitable Alphabetic Code Chart which can be generic or programme-specific. "

Debbie's definition of an Alphabetic Code Chart (Click)


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