Recommended DfE validated phonics programmes

Phonics International by Debbie Hepplewhite (Comprehensive, FREE phonics programme which can be used from P1-P7 for phonics, reading, spelling and intervention) Programme Overview and How to Use

Rocket Phonics by Abigail Steel (P1-2, Rising Stars)
Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters by Debbie Hepplewhite (P1-3, OUP)
No Nonsense Phonics by Debbie Hepplewhite (P1-3 & intervention, Raintree)

Wand Phonics by Debbie Hepplewhite (fully-editable online digital interactive resource to accompany Phonics International or No Nonsense Phonics)

Alphabetic Code Charts

A full range of over 30 free Alphabetic Code Charts

Handout: English Alphabetic Code Chart A4


A useful range of assessments, that can be used formally or informally, to easily identify gaps in children’s phonics knowledge and determine which units in the PI programme are suitable.

If you’re looking for a commercial test that goes beyond the Phonics Screening Check, this word reading test goes up to a reading age of 12 and, unlike most other ‘reading age’ tests, it contains a phonics and blending element too.

Anne Glennie Resources and Links

Fun and helpful code-based spelling activities sheet

Phonics International Sample Progression for Scotland

The Golden Ticket: Diane McGuiness’s Prototype for Teaching the English Alphabetic Code

The Simple View of Reading Diagram

Scottish Alphabetic Code Chart
Petition to the Scottish Parliament on research-informed reading instruction
The Literacy Ice Lolly
How to Spot Fake Phonics
Identifying Reading Problems Key
From Phonics Phobic to Phonics Fanatic

Phonics Disco Editable PowerPoint Slides

Decodable Reading Books

Many companies will be happy to send you samples. Make sure the books you are ordering are fully decodable and are not ‘banded’ or ‘levelled’.

New, attractive range of decodable reading books from Rising Stars
Huge range of decodable reading books
Decodable books to accompany Floppy’s Phonics from Oxford University Press
Designed especially for learners with ASN, decodable readers from beginner to adult
Big Cat Phonics from Collins

Reading Research and Discussion

For research information, the following sites are highly recommended:
The UK Reading Reform Foundation
The International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction
Susan Godsland’s award-winning site

Right to Read Scotland: should reading or school in Scotland be delayed until age 7?

Additional Support Needs (ASN)

Phonics for Pupils with SEN by Ann Sullivan
Ann Sullivan’s website
Ann Sullivan Twitter @PhonicsforSEN
Decodable readers from beginner to adult designed for children with ASN/SEN

Other Phonics Programmes and Resources by Debbie Hepplewhite

Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters
Floppy’s Phonics Programme Overview
Comprehensive online phonics training course from Debbie Hepplewhite (Master’s credits/accreditation available)
No Nonsense Phonics Skills (printed, pick-up-and-go resources with free training)

Free alphabet and handwriting resources
Debbie’s font collection

Phonics Screening Check and Useful Reports from England

Phonics Screening Check Materials (highly recommended!)

Bold Beginnings’ looks at the Reception (Primary 1) curriculum in successful schools and how well it prepared 4 and 5 year olds for the rest of their education and beyond

The Early Reading Framework (July 2021)

Ofsted Research Review Series: English (May 2022)

The Reading Framework (July 2023)

Scots, Scottish English, and Phonics