Getting phonics

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Alex Finn
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Training

Training

An overview of the training options available for your school
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Classroom Resources

Classroom Resources

High quality classroom resources specifically matched to the Letters and Sounds programme
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Assessment Materials

Assessment Materials

A complete assessment package for the Letters and Sounds programme
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Parent Workshops

Parent Workshops

Engaging parental support, particularly for vulnerable learners
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Hi! I’m Alex Finn.  I’m a Phonics and Literacy professional with just over 20 years’ experience working in Early Years and Primary education as a teacher, senior leader and consultant.  I am also the founder of Sound!Start Phonics for Letters and Sounds.  I love teaching and talking about phonics and am particularly passionate about the Letters and Sounds programme, having used it very effectively in my own teaching and when working with other schools.  I am known for my extensive subject knowledge and enthusiastic delivery; and my ability to engage and enthuse others has enabled me to inspire excellent classroom practice in a wide range of settings.  I offer a range of training and support programmes including full-day and twilight INSET sessions, centre-based training, audits of provision and focused consultancy support, all of which can be tailored to meet the needs of your school or academy.  I am always up to date with the latest educational reports and ensure my training reflects current DFE and OFSTED guidance as well as EEF recommendations for developing effective phonics practice and provision. 


I am committed to the role parents can play in their child’s education and offer parent workshops which provide hands-on guidance for parents to support their child’s learning at home.  My Pupil Premium workshops have proved to be highly successful in engaging parents and accelerating progress for vulnerable children and are an effective use of Pupil Premium Funding. Over the past few years I have developed a range of classroom resources for teachers and teaching assistants to use in their delivery of daily phonics lessons and additional targeted intervention sessions.  The resources are fully matched to the Letters and Sounds programme and provide a colour-coded system for Letters and Sounds which supports practitioners to carefully match their teaching input and lesson resources to the progression it outlines and the specific learning needs of each child.  It also provides a clear way of organising learning into smaller chunks which are memorable for young children.  I have recently added a Letters and Sounds Assessment Tool to my resource collection which provides easy-to-use assessment and analysis materials for tracking progress and attainment from Phase Two to Phase Five of the Letters and Sounds programme. To find out more about my experience and the impact of the work I’ve done with different settings, please read more about me and the testimonials or get in touch to speak to me personally.

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More About Me

About Me

A brief introduction to myself and my background in Phonics
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Booking Enquiries

Booking Enquiries

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Sound Start Phonics
25 Berwood Road
Wylde Green
B72 1BS

Getting phonics

Tel: 07931 196 627
Email: webenquiry@soundstartphonics.co.uk