Phonics Toolkit


The new Post-16 Phonics Approaches Toolkit from the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is now available to download from the Excellence Gateway website.

The toolkit is part of the wider work ETF is doing to support the Functional Skills Reform Programme and the result of a partnership between the ETF, University College London Institute of Education (UCL IoE) and ccConsultancy. It is designed to support practitioners exploring the use of phonics approaches with post-16 learners.

The toolkit introduces resources created specifically for adult learners, explains how to put post-16 phonics approaches into practice in different settings, and explores how to adjust pace and sequence. The final section of the toolkit considers how phonics approaches fit more broadly within a rich post-16 literacy curriculum. It directly addresses the diversity of learners’ needs, knowledge and prior experience.

The toolkit has been developed in collaboration with practitioners at a selection of eight further education providers: the Army Education Centre, Bishop Burton College, Essex Adult Community Learning Service, Kendal College, North Lancs Training Group, North Tyneside Council Adult Learning Service, Novus/HMP Haverigg, and Redcar and Cleveland College – with their engagement helping to shape its approach. 

View the Toolkit

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