A Place for Phonics

2nd Mar 2012, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Faculty of Education

A Place for Phonics Conference

The conference aims to build on the firm foundations of subject knowledge and practical skills achieved during final years of QTS training by celebrating and sharing the work of researchers, trainers and practitioners committed to high quality teaching using a range of systematic synthetic phonics programmes.

This conference is for you if you are looking for:

  • Clear messages about the role of Systematic Synthetic Phonics in reading and writing from DfE approved trainers;
  • Practical ideas for ways to add colour and vibrancy to your teaching;
  • To share thoughts, questions and experiences with other teachers.

Keynote Speakers
Keynote 1 – ‘Phonics: myths and realities’ – Dr Wendy Jolliffe
Within the keynote Dr Wendy Jolliffe will take a reassuring look at what current research is telling us about the role of phonics in teaching reading and writing.
Dr Wendy Jolliffe is Head of Scarborough School of Education at the University of Hull. Until recently she was a Regional Adviser for ITT for the National Strategies. Her particular area of expertise is literacy and specifically the teaching of phonics. She has published a synthetic phonics teaching programme and is co-author of ‘Teaching Systematic Phonics in Primary Schools’ which is about to be published by Learning Matters.

Keynote 2 – Phonics in a rich reading curriculum – Olivia O’Sullivan and Amy Clifford
Olivia O’Sullivan and Amy Clifford from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, London, will be discussing the importance of placing phonics within a rich reading curriculum in the classroom. They will be drawing on CLPE’s classroom-based research and successful courses in this area.
Olivia O’Sullivan is co-author of Understanding Spelling (Routledge), contributing author to Whole to Part Phonics (CLPE) and Co-Director of CLPE’s national Power of Reading project. Amy Clifford is a highly experienced Early Years practitioner and Adviser with particular expertise in the area of early phonics.

Case Studies
NQTs, experienced EYFS, primary and secondary practitioners, mentors and Key Stage co-ordinators will share their experiences of working in a variety of schools using a range of resources and approaches.


Practical workshops will explore how phonic work can be embedded within a broad and language rich curriculum. Workshops will include:

  • Multisensory approaches
  • Creative story making
  • Music, rhyme and rhythm
  • Making the most of the outdoor environment


  • 8.30am – Registration and refreshments
  • 9.00am – Introduction
  • 9.15am – Keynote Address 1
  • 10.00am – Refreshments
  • 10.15am – Workshops: Session 1
  • 11.15am – Workshops: Session 2
  • 12.15pm – Lunch
  • 1.30pm – Keynote Address 2
  • 3.00pm – Closing remarks

*YPO and Pritchard’s Bookshop, Southport will also be showcasing phonics resources.

Conference Fee £75 (inclusive of VAT)
Conference Fee* Free (*Edge Hill 2011 graduates)

How to register
If you wish to pay by cheque or be invoiced please complete the booking form and return to phonics@edgehill.ac.uk.

If you wish to pay by credit/debit card or are eligible to attend the conference free of charge then please complete the online payment and registration form here.