Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.


Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.

They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.

Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.

How is Read Write Inc. Phonics organised?

4 to 8-year-old children

1 hour a day

Taught by teachers and TAs

4 to 30 grouped according to progress

Half-termly assessments


The children write every day, rehearsing out loud what they want to say, before spelling the words using the graphemes and ‘tricky’ words they know.

They practise handwriting every day: sitting at a table comfortably, they learn correct letter formation and how to join letters speedily and legibly.

Children’s composition (ideas, vocabulary and grammar) is developed by drawing on their own experiences and talking about the stories they read.

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Our dynamic trainers demonstrate the activities step-by-step, using footage of real lessons. They help you practise and prepare before teaching and use management strategies to engage children and speed up progress.

Blended Training

We have made films about everything we do, from how to teach Speed Sounds to setting up the best book corners. You can now have access to our content all year round, for staff training, practice sessions, staff meetings and preparation at home.

Our new blended package combines the online training subscription with face-to-face training.

Find out more about our blended packages:

Click here to view our Frequently Asked Questions on the Online Training Subscription.

Face-to-Face Training

Two-day in-school training for up to 45 staff (30 during COVID-19).

Remote Regional Training

Look out for our Zoom trainings starting in November. Ideal for individuals needing training.

Delegates will be sent a Zoom link and resources to print beforehand. Booking information will be available soon.
(If you have our new annual Online Training subscription, you can save money by using the online training films to train new staff.)

To talk to us about training options, email or call 01275 331 230.

See our full list of prices and packages.

Read Write Inc. Phonics is aligned to the
English National Curriculum

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Frequently asked questions

What is the training content and timings?

Day 1 content:

  • Speed Sounds Set 1
  • Word Time Lessons - reading and spelling
  • Speed Sounds Sets 2 and 3
  • Senior Leadership Team meeting (assessment, grouping, implementation and support)

Timings: 9am to 3.45pm

Day 2 content:

  • Reading activities – reading to build accuracy, speed and comprehension
  • Writing activities – spelling words, writing sentences and writing composition
  • Read Write Inc. Phonics timetables

Timings: 9am to 3.30pm

Which children is Read Write Inc. Phonics for?

The programme is designed for Reception to Year 2 children as the main EYFS and KS1 early reading programme and can be taught as an intervention for children in Years 3 and 4. Read Write Inc. Fresh Start is our phonics programme with more age appropriate resources for older children in Years 5,6,7 and 8.

Who is the training suitable for?

Training is suitable for any member of staff who will be teaching, or leading the teaching of, Read Write Inc. Phonics from Reception to Year 6, including the Senior Leadership Team, teachers, and teaching assistants.

What is the difference between Read Write Inc. Phonics and Read Write Inc. Phonics for Nursery?

Both trainings are based on our Read Write Inc. Phonics programme and include the same teaching principles. 

Our standard Read Write Inc. Phonics training is suitable for those teaching Reception to Year 4.

Phonics for Nursery training is a version of the Phonics training suitable for Nursery staff. It teaches Set 1 Sounds and how to blend sounds to read words but does not teach the reading or writing activities. Please see the training content for Nursery for more information. There is a separate Phonics for Nursery handbook and simple resources.

How many people can be trained in my school?

In-school Training is for up to 45 members of staff. If you need to train more than this, please book more than one trainer. For individual staff members, or groups of fewer than 10, you may want to book onto Regional Training.

Why do we need to have both days of the training?

Read Write Inc. Phonics is a two-day training. For schools planning to teach the whole Read Write Inc. Phonics programme, including the reading and writing elements, booking both days sets teachers up for success. Day 1 focuses on Speed Sounds lessons; Day 2 focuses on teaching reading and writing with decodable storybooks and Get Writing! Books.

Should the training days be consecutive?

For In School Training, we recommend a gap of approximately 4 weeks between Day 1 and 2. Teaching staff focus on teaching phonics only before the reading and writing training on Day 2. For Regional Training, days are consecutive.

Is Phonics appropriate for SEN schools?

Read Write Inc. Phonics is appropriate for special schools or SEN units in mainstream schools. There is no difference in the resources, but the training videos are filmed in SEN schools, and the trainer will discuss tailoring activities to meet the needs of all students.

Is the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme appropriate for teaching EAL children?

Children learning English as an additional language make speedy progress when learning to read with Read Write Inc. Phonics. Ruth developed the programme at a school where all children were second language learners. Children are grouped according to their reading progress and re-assessed every half term – they learn sounds and practise reading every day at exactly the right level.

I like to be creative when I’m teaching – is RWI Phonics prescriptive?

Read Write Inc. Phonics is a structured programme – designed to ensure all children learn to read accurately and fluently. Comprehensive planning is provided for teachers so they can channel their energy and creativity into teaching fun and engaging lessons.

Does this programme link to the National Curriculum?

Yes, Read Write Inc. Phonics is fully matched to the National Curriculum. We suggest that, alongside teaching the programme for an hour a day, teachers read poetry and stories to their children every day too.

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