Best practice in the teaching of early reading and language

We are delighted to announce that we will be running a series of free showcases to show elements of best practice in the teaching of early literacy. These half day workshops will provide all participants with the opportunity to share best practice in the teaching of systematic synthetic phonics whilst promoting a love of reading.


  • Introductory talk by the headteacher explaining the key leadership decisions that have enabled reading success in their school
  • A learning walk to see best practice in the teaching of systematic synthetic phonics
  • Research-based evidence woven through the session
  • Practical activities and ideas to take away (action planning)
  • How to choose and use resources effectively in the teaching of systematic synthetic phonics
  • Follow-up email/telephone conversations/materials for further support after the showcase (potential to access funding for resources & training)

Who should attend?

Heads and Senior Leaders to accompany Reception/KS1 teachers with an interest in improving the teaching of systematic synthetic phonics,  practising phonics through decodable books and implementing the teaching of phonics into reading sessions (up to 2 participants per school).

Where and when will they take place?

All showcases will run from 9.00am until 12.00pm in the following locations:


  • 20th March: Shakespeare Primary School, 400 Honicknowle Lane, Plymouth, PL5 3JU
  • FULLY BOOKED 21st March: Ellacombe C of E Academy, Ellacombe Church Road, Torquay, TQ1 1TG
  • 22nd March: Kentisbeare C of E Primary School, Fore Street, Kentisbeare, Cullompton, EX15 2AD
  • 27th March: St Andrew’s Primary School, 71 St Andrews Estate, Cullompton, EX15 1HZ
  • 28th March: The Redstart Primary School, Redstart Road, Chard, TA20 1SD
  • FULLY BOOKED 29th March: Blackpool C of E Primary School, Liverton, Newton Abbot, TQ12 6JB


  • 4th April: Gatehouse Primary School, Secmaton Lane, Dawlish, EX7 0BY
  • 24th April: Marine Academy Plymouth, 18 Trevithick Road, Plymouth, PL5 2AF
  • FULLY BOOKED 25th April: Oreston Community Academy, 27 Oreston Road, Plymouth, PL9 7JY
  • 26th April: Sidmouth Primary School, Woolbrook Road, Sidmouth, EX10 9XB


  • FULLY BOOKED 1st May: Exminster Community Primary School, Main Road, Exminster, Exeter, EX6 8AJ
  • 2nd May: Woolacombe Primary School, 3 Beach Road, Woolacombe, EX34 7BT
  • 3rd May: The Duchy School, 3 Bowley Meadow, Bradninch, Exeter, EX5 4RF

Book a place on one of our Showcases or submit an Expression of Interest