"The key to success in reading, writing and spelling in the English language ....
is mastery of the English Alphabetic Code...."


Welcome to the home page of Debbie Hepplewhite’s SyntheticPhonics.com

Debbie Showing Alphabetic Code ChartDebbie campaigned extensively over many years to achieve national, evidence-based, systematic synthetic phonics teaching in primary schools. As a representative of the UK Reading Reform Foundation, she advised the British government for the parliamentary inquiry ‘Teaching Children to Read’ (March 2005) and she helped to inform Sir Jim Rose’s’ Independent review of the teaching of early reading’ (Final Report, Jim Rose, March 2006). She is known to be a controversial and inspirational speaker and has spoken alongside Sir Jim Rose at literacy conferences. Debbie has written many challenging articles for educational magazines and for many years she has provided practical advice for parents, teaching professionals, teacher-trainers, politicians, publishers and manufacturers.

Phonics International

Debbie put her broad primary teaching and teacher-training experience to very good use when designing the Phonics International programme. She has developed extremely effective resources which inform parents fully, really support busy teachers and ensure that every learner has plenty of practice of learning the alphabetic code knowledge and the three core skills of reading, spelling and writing in a very focused way.

Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters

Acknowledging Debbie’s expertise and her impressive Phonics International body of work, Debbie was invited to be the phonics consultant for the ‘Oxford Reading Tree Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters programme’ (Oxford University Press). This very comprehensive, systematic synthetic phonics programme for infants is now published and has been extremely well-received in the UK and overseas.

No Nonsense Phonics Skills

More recently, Debbie worked with Raintree Publishing in the UK to produce ‘No Nonsense Phonics Skills‘ – initially aimed at ‘intervention’, but very quickly it was realised this was a programme perfectly suited for mainstream teaching – as well as teaching where English is a second or additional language.

Synthetic Phonics Training

To meet the demand for teacher training, Debbie has built an international teacher-training team ‘Debbie Hepplewhite Synthetic Phonics Training‘. Both Phonics International and Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters programmes as well as the training provision were recognised by the British government as fulfilling the official ‘Core Criteria’ for ‘Systematic Synthetic Phonics’. They were therefore listed in the national ESPO catalogue (government match funding for schools in England only).

Phonics Training Online

For the busy teacher, parent or school, Debbie has also produced an online training programme (Phonics Training Online). This allows self-study at a pace to suit individual circumstances. SyntheticPhonics.com was first launched by Debbie way back in 2004 as a way of raising awareness and promoting good practice in the field of synthetic phonics. The website has had many ‘re-launches’ over the years and as can be seen in the above summary of Debbie’s continued presence as a leading voice both in the UK and internationally, she is behind a number of leading synthetic phonics programmes as well as other not-for-profit projects and organisations. The role of this website is now to provide a ‘hub’ to much of Debbie’s work where links to her programmes and other work can be accessed from a single place (click HERE or go to ‘HUB’ from the top menu). In 2011, Debbie was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for services to education.