Phonics Ireland - An Online Synthetic Phonics Course

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Who Should Take The Course?

When trained you will be fully-equipped to teach children of all abilities in the Phonics Ireland Synthetic Phonics method whether at home or at school.

Your self-confidence and professionalism will be greatly enhanced.

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Click on the heading(s) below which relate to you. Can you answer the questions posed?

Are you a HEADTEACHER?

  • How au fait are you with the current literacy debate?
  • How many students in your school are 'below par' readers?
  • Does your staff share a common approach to literacy?
  • Your Staff can be trained in the Phonics Ireland method for £1000 (up to 10).

Are you a CLASS TEACHER?

  • Do you feel fully equipped to deal with the literacy needs of all your pupils?
  • Did your teacher training course provide you with specific literacy training?
  • How do you go about assessing the literacy needs of your students?

Are you a SPECIAL NEEDS/REMEDIAL TEACHER?

  • Are you specifically trained for the work you do?
  • Do you feel confident with the methods you are using?
  • Do you favour a synthetic phonics, a 'rules-based', or a 'whole-word memorisation' approach to literacy?

Are you a STUDENT TEACHER?

  • Do you feel that the literacy training you are getting is preparing you to 'hit the ground running' when you join a school?
  • Is your training course covering all aspects of synthetic phonics?
  • If not, is there anything you can do about it?

Are you a PARENT?

  • Are you worried that your child is 'falling behind'?
  • Do you feel confident in discussing these anxieties with your child's school?
  • Have you received help from the school in how to provide supportive, positive feedback for your child?

Are you a CLASSROOM ASSISTANT?

  • Do you feel you could be more effective in your work?
  • Have you received appropriate training in literacy?
  • Do you have a consistent, reliable strategy in dealing with students' errors?

Are you a GRANDPARENT?

  • Do you give help with your grand-children's homework?
  • Do you feel confident to deal with any literacy difficulties which arise?
  • Are the methods you remember from your own schooling somewhat outdated?

Are you a member of a WHOLE SCHOOL STAFF?

  • Do all the members of staff share a common approach to literacy?
  • Do you think the school could be achieving higher reading levels?
  • Do the students hear a consistent reminder of literacy principles as they move up the school?

Are you a PSYCHOLOGIST?

  • Do you administer literacy tests to 'struggling' students?
  • Do you follow the progress of the young people you encounter?
  • Are you satisfied with their progress?

Are you an EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATOR?

  • What criteria do you use when allocating grants?
  • Do you feel there is sufficient accountability in the system for outcomes?
  • How could the process of deciding on literacy programmes be improved upon?

Are you a PRIVATE TUTOR?

  • What method/s do you use?
  • For how many sessions do you, on average, see each student?
  • Are parents/mentors invited to sit in on sessions?

Are you a TEACHER TRAINER?

  • Which literacy approach do you favour?
  • Is there consensus in the Training Colleges on a basic philosophy of literacy? Should there be?
  • Do you receive feedback from previous trainees on how well their training is serving them?

Are you a POLITICIAN?

  • Are you appalled by the millions wasted on ineffectual and costly literacy schemes?
  • Are you truly committed to eradicating illiteracy?
  • Would you like to speak with more authority with addressing the topic of LITERACY?

Are you the parent of a STUDENT TEACHER?

  • Is your son/daughter's Teacher Training course providing him/her with a thorough grounding in Synthetic Phonics? (Many courses don't).
  • Is your son/daughter receiving detailed guidance in how to teach children the skill of reading?
  • Would you like to give your son/daughter a gift of the Phonics Ireland Synthetic Phonics course, which will greatly enhance him/her as a teacher (or, if seeking a post, provide a telling edge at interview)?

Are you a LITERACY TUTOR in a prison?

  • Are you concerned at the numbers of people who pass through the prison system without experiencing a significant enhancement of their literacy skills?
  • Are you confident that you are fully trained in Synthetic Phonics?
  • Are you aware that a course in Synthetic Phonics could greatly improve your efficacy as a Literacy Tutor?

None of the above?

  • Would you simply like to know more about LITERACY?
  • Are you curious about how you might have been (should have been?) taught during your own schooldays?
  • Would you like to have a greater understanding of the contemporary literacy debate?
  • Would you like to improve your English?

What does the course cost?

  • The course costs £120.00 for individuals.
  • Staff can be trained for £1000 (up to 10).


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