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Phonics in the Vocational Classroom

Principal focus of the project

This project aimed to enhance vocational learners’ literacy skills and confidence through exploring phonics- based approaches. 

Areas of learning
What is this about and what were the main findings?

English and vocational teachers from Early Years, Hair and Beauty, Sports Studies collaborated with the English Progress Coach for this project. An external expert introduced the vocational staff to phonics-based approaches, whilst they were also buddied up with English teachers who provided ongoing support. The project felt that the approaches had led to improved learner performance, and vocational staff had extended their own skills and confidence in embedding literacy practices.

Number of participants who worked with the project
Name(s) of authors

Education Training Collective

Name of associate programmes

OTLA Shaping Success


Buliding on their OTLA 6 research, this project introduced vocational teachers to phonics-based approaches to enhance their learners’ vocational literacy.