Below, you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most. If you have a question that is not answered below, please call our office team on 01275 331 230 or email admin@ruthmiskin.com.

Frequently asked questions

General

What is the difference between Regional Training and In-School Training?

In-school Training – a trainer comes to your school to train up to 45 members of staff, either on an INSET day or during a normal school day if you have sufficient cover.

For fewer than 12 members of staff, it might be more cost-effective to book Regional Training.

Regional Training – takes place at venues across the UK and is ideal for small schools, newly appointed staff, those in need of updated training, and private individuals.

Do you offer evening or ‘twilight’ In-school Training?

No – we do not offer this type of training.

Are there any Read Write Inc. resources included with the training price?

No – these are published and sold separately by Oxford University Press. Please click here to find details of your local Oxford educational consultant.

Is there a discount for small schools?

Schools with 100 pupils or fewer qualify for discounts on training, Development Days and resources. Please enter the code ‘SMALL SCHOOL DISCOUNT’ in the comments box when making your booking on Regional Trainings. Tell the training coordinator if you are booking on the phone.

Are there any requirements to attend your trainings?

For all Read Write Inc. trainings (Phonics, Comprehension, Literacy and Language, Spelling and Fresh Start), no prior knowledge of a programme or teaching experience is needed.

For Reading Leader Training Days 1 and 2, we advise you attend Phonics or Fresh Start training first, or are at least familiar with how the programmes work.

Can you share which schools are using Read Write Inc.programmes or are having In-school training in my area?

We are unable to share this information due to data protection. You may visit one of our Model Schools to see the programme in action or book a place on an Open Morning or Regional Training to find out more.

I can’t find a Regional Training available near me – what should I do?

Please fill out the interest form to give us an idea of the demand in different areas and we’ll do our best to make sure there is a good coverage of trainings around the country. In the meantime, we would advise you book places on the available trainings already on our website, as we cannot guarantee if or when training will be available elsewhere.

Is the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme appropriate for special schools?

Read Write Inc. Phonics and Fresh Start are used to teach children with MLD, SLD, PMLD, and ASD to read and write.

Older pupils with SLD may be taught with Read Write Inc. Phonics (Reception to Year 4) if more appropriate. In-school Training for special schools is adapted to reflect teaching needs and training videos are filmed in special schools. Resources used to teach the programme are the same as resources used in mainstream schools.

Is the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme appropriate for teaching EAL children?

Children learning English as an additional language make speedy progress when learning to read with Read Write Inc. Phonics. Ruth developed the programme at a school where all children were second language learners. Children are grouped according to their reading progress and re-assessed every half term – they learn sounds and practise reading every day at exactly the right level.

Booking

How do I book training, and can I make a booking for multiple people?

In-school Training is booked via the Ruth Miskin Training office. Enquiries can be made by contacting the office team on 01275 331 230 or at admin@ruthmiskin.com.

Regional Training is booked on our website, and one person can make a booking for multiple people.

How will the school pay for my course?

For both Regional and In-school Training, an invoice is sent to the school after the training has taken place. Schools can request early invoicing by contacting the office on 01275 331 230 or admin@ruthmiskin.com.

Invoice payment is required within 14 days of receipt either by bank transfer (BACS) or cheque.

I am from overseas – can I attend a training course?

Yes – delegates from overseas are welcome to attend our UK Regional Trainings or US Public Workshops. Please note that international schools will be asked to pay for Regional Training places in advance in order to complete their booking. We also offer In-School Training internationally – complete the international enquiry form to find out more.

I am a self-funding, private individual – can I book a training course?

Yes – anyone is welcome to attend. However, please note the trainings are designed for staff in a school teaching a group or class. We offer a 30% discount to private individuals (e.g. tutors, parents). When booking, click on the ‘private individual’ option at the top of the booking form. Please note that private individuals pay for a Regional Training place in advance, in order to complete the booking. 

I am from a supply agency – can I attend a Regional Training course?

Yes – delegates from supply agencies are welcome to attend. Please note that you will be asked to pay in advance in order to complete your booking. 

Can I pay on the day of the training?

No – payment can only be completed via our invoicing system for UK schools and via card payment for international schools and private individuals. Training venues are not set up to take payment on the day. 

Can I attend only Day 1 or Day 2 of a two-day Regional Training?

To teach our programmes with fidelity, both days of training are needed. In special cases, for example a teacher missed an In-School Training day due to illness, we can offer one day of training for £160 + VAT per person (our standard one-day training fee). Please indicate which day you would like to attend in the comments box when filling out the booking form. 

Can I change the name of the person booked on a training course?

Yes – please contact the office on 01275 331 230 or admin@ruthmiskin.com. To comply with health and safety policies, we need the correct names of attendees. 

Can I book places provisionally on a Regional Training?

No – however, if you cancel your booking 3 working days before the training, you won’t be charged. 

I booked a discounted/free place but the email confirmation has the full price – why?

All confirmation emails are automatic and contain the published price for trainings. As long as you notify us of the discount or offer you are claiming on the booking form, we invoice you accordingly. 

Before training

How is the training presented?

Training is led by an experienced consultant trainer – all of our trainers are former teachers and experts in literacy. The training is presented classroom-style with a presentation on a screen. The format is designed for staff in a school leading a group or class, which can be adapted to one-to-one tutoring.

What times does Regional Training take place, and when should I arrive?

Our trainings all run from 9.00am to 3.30-3.45pm. We ask delegates to arrive at 8.45am for registration. 

What equipment do you supply at the training, and what do I need to bring with me?

For all trainings, we provide workbooks for delegates to write in and sample resources. You may wish to bring your own Read Write Inc. handbook for reference but it is not necessary.

What are my options for lunch and refreshments, and what should I do if I have any dietary requirements?

All training venues provide tea and coffee on arrival, and during mid-morning break with biscuits or small pastries, and a light buffet lunch. If you have specific dietary requirements or a food allergy, please include it on your booking form or notify us at least 3 working days before your training. Due to the wide variety of venues, we cannot guarantee that every specific dietary requirement will be met. Please feel free to bring your own food with you to the training if you prefer.

Is there car parking/disabled access at my training venue?

We have a range of venues for Regional Training and can’t always guarantee free parking/disabled access. Details of individual venues will be included in the confirmation email. Please contact the venue directly for specific advice about accessibility, parking and directions. 

Will I receive a reminder before my course?

Delegates receive a confirmation email immediately after booking. For Regional Training, we send email reminders both one month and one week before training. Please make sure your email address is correct on the booking form.

For In-school Training, schools receive a confirmation email after booking, and the trainer contacts your school 3-4 weeks before the training to discuss final details. 

Is there a dress code?

No – please just dress comfortably. 

Will I need a laptop or tablet?

No – notes are written in a workbook.

Who delivers the training?

Training is led by an experienced Consultant Trainer, an expert in teaching literacy. They are all former Headteachers, literacy leads or teachers. Occasionally, two trainers work together as part of continuing professional development.

After training

What support do you offer following the training?

For schools that attend our Phonics, Fresh Start or Literacy and Language trainings, Development Days provide continued support. A trainer visits during a normal school day, and works with the Reading Leader and staff. It includes a subscription to our Phonics and Fresh Start films – perfect for Reading Leaders to run weekly practice sessions.

Schools can log in to our School Portal, access documents and resources, book Regional Training and view their training history. Please contact the office for a log in.

We run free Phonics Screening Check Prep sessions for trained schools in the Spring term for Reading Leaders, Reception and Year 1 Teachers, and Regional Meetings in the summer term.

Does my course come with a certificate of attendance?

We don’t provide certificates automatically, but please request one if needed for your records. Email admin@ruthmiskin.com with the name and date of the course. We email certificates as a PDF file. 

Can I give feedback on a course?

We welcome feedback on our trainings. Evaluation forms are sent to schools after In-school Training. Paper copies are handed out on Regional Trainings. You can also call us on 01275 331 230 or email admin@ruthmiskin.com.

Cancelling/postponing training

Can I cancel/postpone my place on a Regional Training course?

Yes, providing you inform us with 3 working days’ notice. If you fail to notify us that you are unable to attend or want to cancel or move your place, we charge a cancellation fee at 50% of the full training cost. 

Can I cancel/postpone my In-School Training booking?

Yes, providing you inform us with 4 weeks’ notice. If you fail to notify us that you want to cancel, we charge a cancellation fee at 50% of the full training cost. 

International

Where do you provide training?

We have trainers based in the UK, USA, and Australia, who train schools all over the world. If you are interested in having In-school Training, please contact us via the international enquiries form or email us at admin@ruthmiskin.com.

Alternatively, staff can attend Regional Training in the UK. Dates and location are on our Regional Training booking page

Do you provide online training?

All training is face-to-face with a Ruth Miskin Consultant Trainer. International schools book In-school Training, attend trainings in the UK, US, or contact us to see if there are Regional Trainings in their country or neighbouring countries. 

Where do we buy Read Write Inc. resources?

Oxford University Press (OUP) publish and sell all Read Write Inc. resources. To find out more about resources including a free quote, please contact your regional OUP Sales Consultant. Find your consultant here.

How much are the resources?

Your consultant from Oxford University Press will be able to provide you with a quote for resources. To find contact details to your consultant, please visit the OUP website.

How much does the training cost?

Prices on our website are for UK schools only. International In-school Training includes expenses for trainers to travel to your school. Please complete our international enquiries form or email admin@ruthmiskin.com to discuss costs.

How much are trainer expenses and what is included?

Expenses include flights and travel arrangements, accommodation and a sustenance allowance. We may also include visa costs if necessary. Prices vary according to location and time of year. Please complete our international enquiries form or email admin@ruthmiskin.com for more details.

When and how do we pay?

We accept payment via bank transfer. Payment must be made at least 21 days before training.

Can I attend training in the UK?

Anyone can attend one of our Regional Trainings in the UK – we have attendees from all over the world! We ask international schools to pay for Regional Training in advance. To find dates, locations and to book places, please go to our Regional Training booking page.

Programmes

Phonics

What is the training content and timings?

Day 1 content:

  • Speed Sounds Set 1
  • Word Time Lessons - reading and spelling
  • Speed Sounds Sets 2 and 3
  • Senior Leadership Team meeting (assessment, grouping, implementation and support)

Timings: 9am to 3.45pm

Day 2 content:

  • Reading activities – reading to build accuracy, speed and comprehension
  • Writing activities – spelling words, writing sentences and writing composition
  • Read Write Inc. Phonics timetables

Timings: 9am to 3.30pm

Which children is Read Write Inc. Phonics for?

The programme is designed for Reception to Year 2 children as the main EYFS and KS1 early reading programme and can be taught as an intervention for children in Years 3 and 4. Read Write Inc. Fresh Start is our phonics programme with more age appropriate resources for older children in Years 5,6,7 and 8.

Who is the training suitable for?

Training is suitable for any member of staff who will be teaching, or leading the teaching of, Read Write Inc. Phonics from Reception to Year 6, including the Senior Leadership Team, teachers, and teaching assistants.

What is the difference between Read Write Inc. Phonics and Read Write Inc. Phonics for Nursery?

Both trainings are based on our Read Write Inc. Phonics programme and include the same teaching principles. 

Our standard Read Write Inc. Phonics training is suitable for those teaching Reception to Year 4.

Phonics for Nursery training is a version of the Phonics training suitable for Nursery staff. It teaches Set 1 Sounds and how to blend sounds to read words but does not teach the reading or writing activities. Please see the training content for Nursery for more information. There is a separate Phonics for Nursery handbook and simple resources.

How many people can be trained in my school?

In-school Training is for up to 45 members of staff. If you need to train more than this, please book more than one trainer. For individual staff members, or groups of fewer than 10, you may want to book onto Regional Training.

Why do we need to have both days of the training?

Read Write Inc. Phonics is a two-day training. For schools planning to teach the whole Read Write Inc. Phonics programme, including the reading and writing elements, booking both days sets teachers up for success. Day 1 focuses on Speed Sounds lessons; Day 2 focuses on teaching reading and writing with decodable storybooks and Get Writing! Books.

Should the training days be consecutive?

For In School Training, we recommend a gap of approximately 4 weeks between Day 1 and 2. Teaching staff focus on teaching phonics only before the reading and writing training on Day 2. For Regional Training, days are consecutive.

Is Phonics appropriate for SEN schools?

Read Write Inc. Phonics is appropriate for special schools or SEN units in mainstream schools. There is no difference in the resources, but the training videos are filmed in SEN schools, and the trainer will discuss tailoring activities to meet the needs of all students.

Is the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme appropriate for teaching EAL children?

Children learning English as an additional language make speedy progress when learning to read with Read Write Inc. Phonics. Ruth developed the programme at a school where all children were second language learners. Children are grouped according to their reading progress and re-assessed every half term – they learn sounds and practise reading every day at exactly the right level.

I like to be creative when I’m teaching – is RWI Phonics prescriptive?

Read Write Inc. Phonics is a structured programme – designed to ensure all children learn to read accurately and fluently. Comprehensive planning is provided for teachers so they can channel their energy and creativity into teaching fun and engaging lessons.

Does this programme link to the National Curriculum?

Yes, Read Write Inc. Phonics is fully matched to the National Curriculum. We suggest that, alongside teaching the programme for an hour a day, teachers read poetry and stories to their children every day too.

Find our matching grid here:

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/media/resource_files/426_RWI_new_curriculum_grid.pdf

Phonics for Nursery

What is the training content and timings?

Training content:

-        Storytime

-        Oral language comprehension – growing children’s vocabulary

-        Oral blending

-        Speed Sounds Set 1

-        Word Time lessons – reading and spelling

Session 4: Senior Leadership Team meeting (assessment, grouping, implementation and support)

 

Timings: 9am to 3.30pm

What is the difference between Read Write Inc. Phonics and Read Write Inc. Phonics for Nursery?

Both trainings are based on our Read Write Inc. Phonics programme and include the same teaching principles. 

Our standard Read Write Inc. Phonics training is suitable for those teaching Reception to Year 4.

Phonics for Nursery training is a version of the Phonics training suitable for Nursery staff. It teaches Set 1 Sounds and how to blend sounds to read words but does not teach the reading or writing activities. Please see the training content for Nursery for more information. There is a separate Phonics for Nursery handbook and simple resources.

Who is the training suitable for?

Phonics for Nursery training is only appropriate for Nursery teachers and staff. Those teaching in Reception and above should attend the 2-day Phonics training.

Fresh Start

What is the training content and timings?

Day 1 content:

-        Speed Sounds Set 1, 2 and 3

-        Word reading and spelling

-        Baseline and ongoing assessment

-        Assessment and Grouping with Head Teachers, Heads of Departments of English, SEN, EAL, MFL, Fresh Start Leader

Timings: 9am to 3.30pm

 

Day 2 content:

-        Reading activities – reading to build accuracy, speed and comprehension

-        Writing activities – spelling words, writing sentences and writing composition

-        Fresh Start timetables

Timings: 9am to 3.30pm

Who is Read Write Inc. Fresh Start for?

Fresh Start is an intervention programme for older struggling readers in Y5, 6, 7 and 8 with a reading age of 9.5 and below.

What is the difference between Fresh Start and Phonics?

Fresh Start works on the same teaching and learning principles as Read Write Inc. Phonic and includes the same activities. The resources are age appropriate to capture the interest of older students. We aim to get children reading accurately and fluently as quickly as possible so they can access literacy and English lessons.

Is Fresh Start suitable for SEN students?

Yes, we have many schools where children with SEN are taught to read with Fresh Start. SEN students with significant delay will benefit from being taught one-to-one by a teacher or teaching assistant. Some students might be better placed on Read Write Inc. Phonics.

Does Fresh Start work for EAL students?

Yes, EAL students new to English make speedy progress and should be taught alongside other students. Always group EAL students according to their phonic progress. They are not held back in the programme because they are new to English.

How do I timetable Fresh Start teaching?

For maximum progress we suggest teaching Fresh Start for an hour per day, 4 days a week. However, we know that an hour is not always possible and indicate on the timetable how to adapt for 35-40 minutes.

How are students grouped?

Students are assessed every half term to ensure they are grouped according to reading progress.  This is vital to ensure each student makes the fastest possible progress.

We suggest that teachers take groups of up to 8 children and teaching assistants teach 1 or 2 students at a time throughout the day.

How are students assessed for Fresh Start?

All students in Years 5, 6, 7 and 8 who are below National Curriculum expectations for reading are assessed using our Entry Assessment. Students are placed in reading groups and reassessed and regrouped every 6-8 weeks.

Note: students are grouped by their word reading and fluency – not by comprehension or writing, or by their age.

Some schools also choose to use a commercial reading age test before and after Fresh Start teaching to measure the impact on their reading age.

How does this programme link to the National Curriculum?

Comprehension

Who is Read Write Inc. Comprehension for?

Read Write Inc. Comprehension follows on from Read Write Inc. Phonics for children in Year 2, and can be used as a transition to Literacy and Language.

Teachers trained on Read Write Inc. Phonics who have taught Blue or Grey Storybooks, will be able to teach Comprehension. Many of the activities follow similar routines to Phonics, but staff should follow the handbook carefully for the new ones.

When will Comprehension training be available?

From November 2018.

Literacy and Language

Who is Literacy and Language for?

Children in Years 2-6 who are reading accurately and fluently and are at or above National Curriculum expectations.

What is the training content and timings?

Day 1 content:

-        What is reading and how do we support comprehension?

-        Preparing to teach a unit

-        Reading activities

Timings: 9am to 3.30pm

Day 2 content:

-        Generating ideas for writing

-        Modelling writing

-        Evaluating, editing and proofreading

-        Marking writing

Timings: 9am to 3.30pm

Do we need to teach Read Write Inc. Phonics in order to use Literacy and Language?

Your school does not need to teach Read Write Inc. Phonics to teach Literacy and Language. However, if a school teaches Phonics, then Literacy and Language would be an ideal next step.

Schools may also choose to use Read Write Inc. Comprehension as a transition between Phonics and Literacy and Language.

How is it taught?

There are six units of work for each year group. Each unit is designed to be used over three weeks, but can also be used more flexibly:

Week 1: Reading fiction

Week 2: Writing fiction

Week 3: Reading and writing non-fiction

Children write in a daily log book so writing becomes a habit, recording thoughts, ideas and reactions to the text. Thinking and discussion skills are practised through a daily ‘Big Question’ which children debate.

How does this programme link to the National Curriculum?

Spelling

What is the training content and timings?

-        Organisation of Read Write Inc. Spelling

-        Pre-programme activities

-        Content of the Spelling programme

-        Teaching a unit

-        Summary of teaching year by year

-        Organisation and assessment

Timings: 9am to 3.45pm

What reading level do children need to start Read Write Inc. Spelling?

Read Write Inc. Spelling is designed for children in Years 2 to 6, who are able to read fluently at or above National Curriculum expectations.

How does initial assessment work?

Pre-programme activities assess children’s knowledge of phonics and Year 1 spelling knowledge to make sure they are ready to start the programme.

In the online Oxford Owl resource  there are 8 pre-programme special focus pages introducing and consolidating key concepts from the Year 1 curriculum. Find these in the Year 1 section of the online resource.

See ‘Instructions for starting Read Write Inc. Spelling at Year 2’ for an illustration of how to assess children starting the programme.

How are children assessed during the programme?

Practice tests assess children’s spelling progress using the same format as the statutory assessments in England. Online tracking spreadsheets enable you to record and track individual children’s progress and identify units or concepts you might need to teach again.

How does it match the outcomes of the National Curriculum?

The Handbook grids show the unit order for Read Write Inc. Spelling and its link to the National Curriculum English Appendix 1: Spelling. There are also online resources following the National Curriculum.

Development Days

Does the school have to be closed on a Development Day?

No, the school is open as usual and Read Write Inc. lessons take place. The Reading Leader needs to be released from class for the day to work alongside the trainer. The Headteacher should be available at the beginning and end of the day too.

We have just had a Development Day and we don’t have access to the Portal?

Schools gain access to our online portal after a Phonics or Fresh Start Development Day. If you have issues logging in, please get in touch with the team on admin@ruthmiskin.com or 01275 331230.

How many Development Days should we book?

Schools find that 1 Development Day per term helps get them off to a secure start, or 1 every half term if they are in challenging circumstances. Once Read Write Inc. programmes are up and running, 1 or 2 a year should be enough.

What is the most cost-effective way of booking Development Days?

A Development Day is £600+VAT.

We offer a Bundle of 6 Days for £3000+VAT (saving £600) or a Mini Bundle of 3 Days for £1500+VAT (saving £300).

 

Please note all 3 days from a Mini Bundle must take place within 1 year of the first day booked.

Reading Leader Training

What is the training content and timings?

Day 1 content:

-        Assessment

-        Grouping and tracking

-        Daily one-to-one tutoring

-        Improving accurate word reading

-        Preparing for the Phonics Screening Check

-        Building speedy word reading

Timings: 9am to 3.30pm

Day 2 content:

-        Practice sessions and coaching

-        One-to-one practice sessions

-        Pupil Progress meetings

-        Back-up plan

Timings: 9am to 3.30pm

Is this training for Reading Leaders only?

The training is designed for Reading Leaders and Headteachers or other SLT and helps ensure the leadership and implementation of Read Write Inc. is as effective as can be.

Does booking Day 1 online immediately give me the discount for Day 2?

No – you will have to make a second booking for Day 2 and note in the comments box that you have attended Day 1 and its date.

Does it matter in which order I attend the two training days?

No, you can attend Day 1 and 2 in whichever order is more suitable to you. The Special Offer will still be valid.

Handwriting

What is the training content and timings?

Handwriting training will show you how to:

-        Use mnemonics to help letter formation, orientation and relative position

-        Teach the letter joins in two easy steps

-        Develop speedy and fluent writing

-        Adopt a 10-minute routine of demonstration, practice and review

-        Ensure children transfer handwriting skills to independent work

 

Timings: 9am to 3.15pm

Do we need to use Read Write Inc. Phonics to book Handwriting?

No, schools that do not use Read Write Inc. Phonics can still book Handwriting training for their staff.

Are there any resources I can buy for Handwriting?

There are no workbooks as we do not want children to simply copy but to practise and learn each letter by heart with memorable characteristics. There is a handwriting lesson plan example in the Read Write Inc. Phonics handbook – the lesson plan is the same for each letter.

How are the children grouped for teaching?

Children are taught in their normal classes.

What handwriting style is used on the training?

We teach Nelson, casual cursive style. We initially teach children to write the letters with emphasis on the beginning of joins. From Year 1, children begin to join the letters.

Grammar

What is the training content and timings?

Part 1 content:

• Sentences

• Phrases and clauses

• Conjunctions: coordination and subordination

• Punctuation

• Determiners: articles

• Nouns

• Noun phrases

• Adjectives

• Verbs

• Adverbs

• Pronouns

• Prepositions

 

Timings: 9am to 3.45pm

 

Part 2 content:

• Active and passive voice

• Relative clauses

• Prepositions

• Adverbs and fronted adverbials

• Verbs: auxiliary and modal verbs, perfect tense

• Subjunctive

• Punctuation: parenthesis, dashes, hyphens, colons, semi-colons, serial comma, inverted

commas, apostrophes

• Précis

 

Timings: 9am to 3.45pm

Can I book Grammar Part 2 training for my school without having Part 1?

You cannot have Part 2 training only. Schools can book the two training days apart, but all staff attending Part 2 must have previously attended Part 1.

Cracking the Code

What is the training content and timings?

  • A-S-K (accuracy, speed and knowledge). What does it mean to be literate?
  • Overview of Fresh Start
  • Cracking the English alphabetic code
  • Five strategies for teachers to support students in any lesson
  • What not to do
  • What you can do

Timings:1 half-day session (am or pm). Available as a half-day training or two half-day courses on one day.

Who is the training for?

The half-day training session is for up to 45 secondary school staff. The training is designed to show teachers how they can support students with literacy issues in all lessons.

Do we need to use Read Write Inc. Fresh Start to be trained in Cracking the Code?

No – Cracking the Code is for secondary school staff who won’t be directly teaching Fresh Start or schools who are not teaching Fresh Start. It supports staff to use our methods of teaching phonics and spelling within their own subject lessons.