What we do

Validated by the Department for Education, ALS Phonics: Letters and Sounds aims to provide a solid and continuous approach to the teaching of a systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme in Nursery, Reception and KS1.

Based on the principles of Letters and Sounds, it offers training, guidance and resources to support schools in the delivery of a successful and complete SSP programme.

Tried and tested teaching sequences and mantras are used daily to ensure children have a clear structure to their learning, developing their ability and confidence to decode successfully, building towards becoming independent readers.

As noted by the DfE, a strength of the ALS Phonics programme is the guidance provided for supporting the lowest 20% of pupils and the training provision.

What we offer


A range of training options and packages available.


Guidance and resources are supplied to explain and support the teaching of each phase, including assessment opportunities.


Access a range of interventions to address gaps in a child’s learning, progress or attainment so all children’s needs are met.

  • What schools say

    “I can be confident of the impact that this phonics programme has on attainment. In the first year of working with Ann at a previous school, the phonic screening check results rose from 24% in 2012 to 74% in 2013. This was then maintained and improved over time so that results from 2014-2018 remained between 75-85%.” Read more...

    - Sarah Mijatovich, Headteacher at Claycots School, Slough

  • What schools say

    “The training has been key in ensuring that the teaching of phonics is taught consistently across the phases. In addition, the training on interventions has been key post Covid and has meant that gaps have been closed in attainment.” Read more...

    - Dee Bleach, Headteacher at Mayflower Primary School, London

  • What schools say

    “ALS Phonics: Letters and Sounds has always adapted its training package based on latest government guidance and demonstrates exactly what teaching and learning should look like in the classroom at that moment in time. We have been using the scheme for almost 10 years and I always return from training being able to bring something back to school to further help to improve outcomes for children.” Read more...

    - Monika Singala, Deputy Headteacher at Highfields Primary School, Leicester

  • What schools say

    “Since starting the programme in 2013, it had an immediate impact on raising the phonic scores, bringing the school in line with National standards. This has been sustained and improved year on year, taking us above National standard. Where there was a slight dip in 2018, we had a high proportion of SEND children in the cohort with additional high needs.” Read more...

    - Nayna Sharma, EYFS Phase Leader/ALS Phonics Lead Teacher/Reception Class Teacher at Whitehall Primary School, Leicester