Through the Bury Teaching School Alliance (BTSA) our Deputy Head teacher Andrew Rhodes collaborated with Anna Withey Deputy Head teacher of Tottington Primary School to develop and facilitate a Phonics course on behalf of the BTSA. The “What is Phonics” course is based around developing an understanding of what the concept of phonics is, developing an understanding of key terminology and presenting practical ideas that can be used back within the classroom. As part of the course, participants take a way a phonics toolkit that can be used in school and many of the resources are demonstrated within the What is Phonics session.

Below you will find details about the structure of the course, information on how you can register an interest in the course and read quotes from the feedback that participants have given based on their experiences of the course.

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This course is very flexible in that it can be run as a staff training session, staff meeting or as part of a PAD  It aims for participants to:

  • Understand phonic terminology
  • Develop an insight into different approaches to phonics and statutory requirements.
  • Experience different phonic games and activities that are tried and tested within the facilitators own schools.
  • Understand what the phonic screening check is.
  • Talk to other practitioners about their approach to phonics. [/learn_more]

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Date & Times:

Friday 14th October & Tuesday 29th November 2016 9.00-12.00

Venue: Development & Training Centre (DTC)

Facilitators:  Anna Withey (HT St Johns Primary School) & Andrew Rhodes (DHT Unsworth Primary)


Bury NQT’s 

Date & Times:

Thursday 8th October 2015-4.00-5.30

Venue: Tottington Primary School, Moorside Road, Tottington, Bury, BL8 3HR

Facilitators:  Anna Withey (DHT Tottington Primary) & Andrew Rhodes (DHT Unsworth Primary) [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Feedback”]

“Good use of real examples.”

“Very informative, I feel more confident now.”

“I liked that we were given lots of resources to take home!”

“Really practical ideas and experiences shared throughout.”

“I will use some of these ideas in my own classroom.”

“I loved the different ideas and games to use for phonics.”

“Really clear, concise information with good examples of putting it into practice.”

“Great suggestions how to apply phonics and teach spelling rules.”

“I learnt a lot about assessments and children’s journeys.”[/learn_more]

If you are interested in this course for staff within school, contact the BTSA administrator Jo Seddon via the options below:

  • email:
  • phone: 01612536934
  • twitter: @burytsa

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