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List of validated systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programmes

The following is the current list of validated SSP programmes:

  • All Aboard Phonics
  • Anima Phonics: Letters and Sounds Updated
  • Bug Club Phonics
  • Essential Letters and Sounds
  • FFT Success for All Phonics
  • Floppy’s Phonics[footnote 1]
  • Jolly Phonics
  • Letterland
  • Lesley Clarke’s Letters and Sounds
  • Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised
  • Monster Phonics
  • No Nonsense Phonics
  • Phonics International
  • Phonics Shed
  • Read Write Inc.
  • Reading Planet Rocket Phonics
  • Smart Kids Letters and Sounds - The Code
  • Sound Discovery
  • Sounds Together[footnote 1]
  • Sounds-Write
  • Supersonic Phonic Friends
  • Twinkl Phonics
  • Unlocking Letters and Sounds
  1. These programmes were validated by the Department for Education in historic validation exercises (see previous SSP programme validation routes). These programmes will remain validated – and remain eligible for English Hubs Programme and Accelerator Funding – when they are successful in the remaining 2022 validation rounds. If these programmes are not successful in these validation windows, they will be removed from the validated list.  2

Reading for Pleasure - Transforming your School's Reading Culture (TSRC) 2022-2023

Transforming your School’s Reading Culture (TSRC)

Wensum English Hub are delighted to be offering a FREE medium level support group for English leaders looking at developing a whole school reading community and culture.

Reading for Pleasure- Transforming your School's Reading Culture (TSRC) has been designed by New Vision English Hub, Teresa Cremmins and the DfE and supports The Reading Framework 2021.

The TSRC programme is a sustained, research based CPD programme, aimed at primary English leads. 

The programme consists of 5 core sessions run by Wensum English Hub, alongside 10 optional workshops which are run by the New Vision English Hub. 

You will need to sign up to attend all 5 core sessions to be part of this support group.


The TSRC programme is a sustained, research based CPD programme aimed at primary English Leads. During the course of the programme participants will engage deeply with reading for pleasure pedagogy and leadership theory to transform their school’s reading culture. Participants will attend 5 sessions and complete gap tasks in between sessions. Those who commit will be expected to attend all sessions.

Programme aims:

·         Understand the research underpinning RfP practice and pedagogy

·         Widen knowledge of children’s literature

·         Transform whole school reading culture in your school

·         Develop the leadership skills to initiate and sustain change

·         Become advocates for RfP and share experiences and best practice 

We are expecting that this event will be very popular and are therefore asking schools to express any interest in the event by completing the following form: 

Expression of Interest Form. Please complete this form no later than 7th October 2022

Role of the Reading Lead


Are you in charge of phonics in your school?  Have you recently taken on a new SSP programme and don’t know where to start?  Do you need ideas of how to develop phonic teaching practice?  How can you ensure that all children succeed in their reading journey?

This course will cover all elements of the Reading Leader role and give you practical ideas for implementing phonics in line with The Reading Framework guidance. 

Free to attend, but delegates are required to attend all 4 sessions. Sessions will be remote (via Zoom) from 1.15pm - 3.30pm. 

Please note there is a limit on places. Please register your interest 
we will be in contact with you to confirm your place. 

We will be holding 2 sessions. Please ensure you can attend all dates before signing up to the session.

Group A

Session 1: 3rd October 2022

Session 2: 17th October 2022

Session 3: 21st November 2022

Session 4: 5th December 2022


Group B

Session 1: 7TH March 2023

Session 2: 21st March 2023

Session 3: 25th April 2023

Session 4: 16th May 2023


Session Overview

Session 1: Reading Leader Training: Meet the challenge

This unit explores the role of the reading leader:

  1. Reading leader role
  2. Responsibilities of a reading leader
  3. The Challenge Checklist

Session 2: Reading Leader Training: Prepare for the challenge

This session will assist you in building an action plan, understanding the Challenge Checklist and how to audit resources.

Session 3: Build a Team of Expert Reading Teachers

This session will look at the importance of supporting staff through training and coaching. Practical practice and coaching advice will be provided, as well as how to coach staff working with your lowest 20% children and those not working at expected levels of development.

Session 4: Assessment

This session will look at assessment, how to analyse data and support the lowest 20% to ensure that they are keeping up with their peers. We will also explore the use of 1:1 support (additional and extra)

Expression of Interest Form