Teaching Phonics to ALL Learners – What About SLD and PMLD Pupils? with Dr Sarah Moseley

The teaching of reading is something that is relevant to all our learners including those with severe and complex learning difficulties but the questions is…

Where does phonics fit in?

Why should we include this within our reading framework and what will it look like?

How will learners with the most significant complex needs gain from an inclusive reading curriculum?

These are all questions that Dr Sarah Moseley addresses in today’s podcast ‘Teaching Phonics to ALL learners – what about SLD and PMLD pupils?’. Sarah is an Educational Consultant and joins Dale to talk about the process of learning to read and the importance of including accessible, meaningful, and engaging phonics instruction in this.

Recent publications by the DfE and Ofsted have placed a renewed focus on the teaching of reading for all learners, which includes the teaching of phonics. This has caused much discussion and some concern amongst special schools. There is a lack of support in terms of professional development and how to ensure that the teaching of phonics is relevant, accessible, and engaging for all learners.

We discuss:

  • how to ensure approaches are accessible to all
  • the importance of barriers to learning
  • how to make phonics relevant and meaningful for older learners
  • why engagement is the key to understanding
  • how understanding of the alphabetic principle is the key to learning to read

Listen to strategies for working with learners with diverse learning needs, including pre/nonverbal learners and those with more complex Special Educational Needs. Ensure everyone has the opportunity to unlock the door and enter the incredible world of literacy.

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Dr Sarah Moseley

About Dr Sarah Moseley

Dr. Moseley has over 30 years’ knowledge and experience within special and mainstream education from teaching assistant to Headteacher, as well as a solid research background rooted within the psychology of learning. Sarah’s Masters and PhD were in Special Education and focused specifically on the teaching of reading and self-esteem and she has presented nationally and internationally on raising outcomes for learners with SEND and is a published author of her research. In her book ‘Teaching Reading to All Learners Including Those with Complex Needs A Framework for Progression within an Inclusive Reading Curriculum’, Sarah has developed a framework for professionals, families and learners around her concept of an ‘Inclusive Reading Curriculum’. Sarah provides training, information and support focused on how to teach reading to all learners, building on current provision and practice to support confidence and deepen understanding.

Now an independent Educational Consultant at www.drsarahmoseley.com, Sarah delivers face to face and online training, coaching, keynote presentations, information and support for professionals and families from all sectors, specialising in SEND focused school improvement and raising outcomes for all learners. She is passionate about making a positive difference to the lives, attitudes, and outcomes of those who may struggle to learn, based on a belief that every action can make a difference and aims to bridge the gap between theory and learning, to create a culture where high expectations thrive, improving outcomes for all pupils.

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