In-School Professional Learning | SPELD NSW

Supporting children and adults with specific learning difficulties

In-School Professional Learning

Professional learning for your whole team

SPELD NSW offers professional learning and consulting services for schools, teachers and professionals who work with students with specific learning difficulties or who are interested in evidence-based literacy and numeracy instruction.

SPELD NSW Professional Learning focuses on developing teacher discipline knowledge in literacy and numeracy, bridging the gap between contemporary research and pedagogy and supporting teachers in adopting evidence-based instruction that leads to best outcomes for ALL students, including those with Specific Learning Disorders such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia.

At SPELD NSW we are passionate about supporting teachers in developing their professional knowledge and implementing effective and practical teaching strategies to enhance their pedagogy.   We support school executives leading a change journey to implement evidence-based approaches to literacy and numeracy instruction at their school.  We work with learning support teams to implement response to intervention frameworks as well as best practice approaches to individual and small group instruction. 

SPELD NSW at your School

We can visit your school to deliver professional learning to classroom teachers, learning and support teams and leaders.  In-school professional learning gives you an opportunity to offer professional learning to a larger group of teachers or your whole school for maximum impact and cost effectiveness.  

Our approach to In-School Professional Learning is to work with you to define your goals and assess the learning needs of your teachers.  We help you select which of our professional learning courses and resources best meet the needs of your teachers and school.

Literacy Courses

Our Literacy Courses bridge the gap between contemporary research and classroom practice to help teachers engage in evidence-based reading and writing instruction that supports ALL children in achieving literacy success. Teachers learn about: the simple view of reading, cognitive processes involved in reading and writing, oral language development, phonemic awareness, phonics, decodable readers, spelling, morphology. and how to support learning through careful scaffolding and planning.


Science of Reading Essentials

The contemporary understanding of how we learn to read is fascinating as much as it is insightful.  This workshop introduces key concepts that all teachers need to understand about how we learn to read an alphabetic language such as English.  Core ideas include the reading brain, the Simple View of Reading, phonemic awareness and phonics. You will walk away from this 2 hour course with a checklist of key elements to include in an evidence-based approach to reading, including assessments, planning tools and explicit lesson plan structures.

Accommodations and Adjustments


This 2 hour course helps you develop an understanding of key terminology and concepts that teachers need to know to teach evidence-based synthetic phonics with confidence. 

You will learn the relationship between a phoneme and a grapheme, and how to explicit teach decoding and blending skill. Teachers will learn some core strategies to help them teach phonics systematically and explicitly.


Using Decodable Texts to Support Explicit Phonics Instruction

This course 2 hour course helps you understand the important role that decodable texts play in explicit phonics instruction.  We will consider the features of decodable readers, how to use them to support early reading instruction and why they are an essential element of a systematic synthetic phonics approach.

You will learn how use decodable readers with a systematic phonics scope and sequence and plan for the differentiated needs of your class.


From Words to Wonder: Developing children’s vocabularies

Oral language is the foundation for literacy development. In this 2 hour course, we explore how a deeper understanding of oral language development provides the foundation for reading and writing skills. We will explore strategies to support oral language development through the primary years and beyond and the fundamental role vocabulary and background knowledge play in reading comprehension.


Literacy Building Blocks: Teaching Reading in Kindergarten and Year One

In this full day course, you will learn about the key elements of an evidence-based approach to teaching reading in Kindergarten and Year One.

This course will empower teachers how to teach phonics in an explicit and systematic manner with a focus on accurate and automatic word reading, phonemic awareness and fluency.  You will take away a bank of practical and engaging activities to ensure that your Kindergarten and Year One students are able to learn, practise and master the essentials skills for successful reading. 


The Fluency Puzzle:
Developing Fluent Readers

In this full day course, we look at what we mean by fluent reading and how to support fluent reading skills in your classroom. 

You will understand the subskills involved in developing automatic, accurate and expressive reading and how to implement a range of strategies to support students on their literacy journey. Understanding how to assess fluency and use the data to inform teaching practice is a key focus of the day.


Helping with Reading
in the Classroom

This 2 hour course is aimed at SLSOs and parent helpers supporting reading in the classroom.  In this interactive workshop you will engage in practical ideas for word reading practice, literacy games and how to support students reading decodable texts.  You will walk away with a tool kit of practical and fun activities.

Learning Difficulties and Intervention Courses

Our Learning Difficulties and Intervention Courses are for every teacher. These workshops look at understanding the cognitive principles of how we learn and why some children have difficulties with literacy and numeracy. Teachers learn about: how to identify specific learning difficulties, how systematic, explicit instruction can support students with learning difficulties and how to best make adjustments to support all students achieving success at school.



Understanding And Responding To Reading Difficulties, including Dyslexia

Why do some people struggle with reading and what can we do to support those students in our classrooms?


In this 2 hour course, you will gain an understanding of why reading is a challenge for some students. You will learn about how to identify students who are struggling with reading and what evidence-based interventions and adjustments are available for these students. We will explore resources you can access  to support students, families, and teachers, and what structures can be put in place to ensure that no child is left behind.


Teachers' Certificate Course: Literacy Intervention

The SPELD NSW Teachers’ Certificate Course focusing on literacy intervention is a highly regarded Professional Learning program aimed at developing teacher understanding of Specific Learning Difficulties and effective, evidence-based instruction in literacy and literacy intervention. 

This 6 month long course is focused on language and literacy development, with individual modules on Learning, Oral Language, Phonemic Awareness and Phonology, Explicit Phonic Intervention, Fluency, Vocabulary & Comprehension, Spelling, Handwriting & Morphology, and Writing, Adjustments and Intervention Planning.

See here for more information on the Teachers’ Certificate Course.

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