Lesley Clarke's Letters and Sounds

This is a DfE validated SSP Programme, which provides all the planning, resources, training and support you need to implement it effectively.

The programme has been written by Lesley Clarke using the knowledge and experience aquired over 25+ years as an infant class teacher (12 of which included teaching LaS 2007 in both reception and Y1) and 20+ years as a literacy consultant (over 14 of which have been spent helping schools to effectively teach phonics using LaS 2007).

"Lesley's thorough and engaging SSP has no doubt had a positive impact on the literacy skills of pupils at our school and helped our children to become both motivated and confident readers and writers. The quality CPD and expertise that Lesley provides has built up the confidence of our staff and this, with the support of detailed planning, resources and teaching notes, has not only saved time, but improved the consistency of phonics-teaching at our school and therefore the quality of teaching and learning. We are very happy with this programme and highly recommend to all"​

Phonics Lead, Beaconsfield Primary School

Use the links below to find out more about this programme.

  • A one off payment for resources, with no annual subscription required to continue accessing them.
  • A very close alignment to LaS 2007.
  • Fully planned and resourced lessons (but with the flexibility to make amendments to respond to needs identified through assessment).
  • Picture mnemonics for teaching the graphemes. These also teach letter formation.
  • Tricky word spelling mnemonics.
  • A series of writing mats to support children’s spelling as they move through the programme.
  • Clear information for teachers and children on HOW to work out alternative pronunciations in unknown words.
  • A set of ‘Best Bet train cards’ identifying the best graphemes to use for a phoneme in different positions in words when spelling.
  • An assessment tool to enable you to track children’s progress through the programme & inform teaching.
  • The option to use 'Phonics Tracker' for your assessments.
  • Fully resourced group and 1:1 interventions.
  • A booklist of over 600 fully decodable materials which match the programme.
  • High quality online training.

Lesley is running information sessions on Zoom in the next few weeks. Sessions will last an hour and provide further details on the programme and an opportunity to ask questions.

Find out how the programme has evolved since LaS was published in 2007.

Find the answers to questions schools are often asking about DfE validated phonics programmes.