The Whole School Approach to Improving Reading and Spelling at your School

READ FOR AFRICA’s Whole School Approach has been designed to assist teachers in “reading from the same page and talking the same language”.

Read For Africa offers training at schools at flat rates per session as opposed to per person. Each school is unique and whilst our standard model is outline below, a specific proposal/quote can be prepared for your school based on an initial meeting where we will conduct a needs analysis and advise and customise our model accordingly.

Some schools implement the phases over a year or two.

The whole school approach is the key to capacitating a school and ensuring that learners learn how to read and spell in the easiest, fastest and most cost-effective way!

Your entire staff can receive training in the Phono-Graphix Reading and Spelling Method from as little as R12 000 per school. This fee includes a 1-day course for your entire staff, handouts and a facilitator guide for each person. The first year of membership to Read For Africa is included in this fee as well as 4 (1-hour) feedback sessions at the school after training, as well as on-going email and telephonic support.


  • Teachers are concerned that traditional methods don't always succeed in teaching all children how to read and spell
  • Senior Primary teachers often don’t have the time to address basic skills due to other curriculum demands, however, they are becoming increasingly aware of the fact that the skills that one takes for granted are not being developed effectively in the Foundation Phase. 
  • Senior Primary Teachers feel that they don't have the skills to help older learners who lack basic reading and spelling skills. Teachers at this level are often trained in specific learning areas and do not feel confident to address these needs. Teachers in this phase also notice that children are not performing in subjects that require maths, science etc, not because they can’t do the work, but because they can’t read or write effectively.
  • Many teachers, at all grades and levels, express how they have never taught a child to read and neither have they ever learned how to teach reading and spelling.
  • It makes educational sense for teachers of all grades to understand what their learners may have missed out in terms of literacy and how to begin to get them up to the level that they should be at.


The Read For Africa success formula, outlined in the flowchart on the next page ensures a "whole-school" approach to reading and spelling where there is a carry-over effect from year to year and in all curriculum areas.

The model has been designed so that teachers of all grades can integrate fundamental literacy principles, skills and strategies into their teaching at a level that is age and grade appropriate.


The first year of membership to Read For Africa is included in the initial training fee. This membership entitles schools to *a regular newsletter keeping them up to date with the latest research in the world of reading * the school's literacy co-ordinators can attend monthly feedback meetings * staff members who do not attend the initial training or new staff members who join the school within a year of the training can attend scheduled courses free of charge (Membership needs to be renewed one year after the initial training commences)

Variations to the model outlined can be made to suit the specific needs of the school.
Additional services or resources can be requested, which will be quoted for separately on request.

Phase A


1 Day workshop for entire foundation and intermediate staff


Teachers attend a 1-day introductory workshop on teaching reading and spelling skills in the classroom in both phases. The course covers: phonetic instruction, teaching reading and spelling from 3 and 4 sound words, through to multi-syllable words. The course also covers how spelling can be taught across all curriculum areas and teaching children how to edit their own mistakes. (this course can be spread over 3 afternoons or be conducted on a weekend or during the holidays)




A facilitator’s guide (daily/weekly reading and spelling programme) for each grade will be issued to all teachers. A disk copy will be given so that the programme can be customised in consultation with teachers and Read For Africa to incorporate aspects of the English curriculum, including CAPS.


Post Training Feedback


4 one-hour follow-up training sessions will be conducted on-site. During these sessions, a Read For Africa trainer will provide the necessary support to assist with the implementation of the programme across the board, deal with any queries, give demonstrations to classes or small groups etc. These sessions can be class room or small group sessions.

On-going Support and Access to Courses after initial Training


Schools who take on the “whole-school” approach will automatically receive the first year of membership to Read For Africa which entitles schools to send new teachers who have not been trained (or teachers who miss the initial training) to attend scheduled courses for free.
Teachers can attend optional monthly feedback/seminar meetings on relevant topics at a Read for Africa venue.
The school will also receive newsletters keeping them up to date with new courses, research, community projects etc.
    A flat rate per school is charged for Phase A
     It saves to train all your staff - from an educational and cost point of view.

    Phase B

    Specialised Training for Junior, Intermediate & Senior Phase Teachers.
    Teachers attend specialised training for their phase.

    Separate sessions would be conducted with each phase by a trainer who successfully integrates basic reading and spelling skills into all curricula areas at the foundation, intermediate and senior phases.

    Separate Afrikaans and Assessment Workshos are also available to schools who implement the Whole School Approach - additional half day workshops.  

    Specialised ½  day workshop for each phase learner
    • Training will be specific and will address phase-specific queries/concerns. It will also be an opportunity to gain more in-depth knowledge of the programme.
    • Junior primary training will focus on acquiring reading and spelling skills.
    • Senior primary training will focus on spelling and editing skills.
    • Teachers will be given the opportunity to request specific topics to be addressed, prior to the date set for this training.

    Phase C

    • Licensing of read for africa materials
    • Master copy of all Phono-Graphix workbooks and other resources
    • A staterkit file with print outs of all the resources as well as a cd for future printing.
    • Initial once off licensing fee based on the size of the school.

    This fee is based on the total number of teachers/assistant teachers in the school and not on the number of teachers who receive training.

    All the teachers must be trained in the method in order for the whole school approach to be effective. The starter kit file is licensed to a school. i.e the school does not have to invest in one file per teacher but can purchase 2 or 3 files as well as the license for all staff to have access to this resource - make copies and use.  The license is on a slidign scale depending on the number of teachers at a school.



    Contents of STARTER KIT File

    Workbooks level 1 to 5 - worksheets using 3 sound words right through to multi-syllable words, Clinical activites and Buddy Reader Stories.

    Word detective exercises
    Sound charts
    Sound houses
    Record of sessions
    Assessment sheets and diagnostic tools

    CD rom with all the above in electronic form

    Schools who renew their membership to Read For Africa on an annual basis will get electronic upgrades to this starter kit as and when new material is developed.
    Membership also entitles new teachers or teachers who miss the initial training to attend scheduled 1.5 day trainings with Read For Africa at no charge. 

    Remember: teachers are the most valuable resource when teaching reading

    Only teachers trained by Read For Africa are allowed to use the resources in the buddy box. Read For Africa is the only  organisation in Africa who is licensed to give training in the Phon-Graphix Reading method. 

    A licensing agreement will be drawn up between the school and Read For Africa. 

    Phase D

    Programme implementation and internship for teachers
    Assessment and development of reading and spelling skills in action.

    One-on-one, small group or classroom demonstration lessons can be
    Conducted by a read for africa trainer/teacher at your school

    1. A read for africa reading therapist will assess learners who are struggling with reading and spelling in each grade. Recommendations will be made as to how learners should be grouped and what intervention is required in order to get these learners to the same level as the rest of their class.
    2. Teachers can observe private/small group/whole class sessions to see the programme in action. Read for africa facilitators would do demonstration lessons in a variety of classes with some or all of the grades, or particular groups/individuals could be selected.
    3. Follow up sessions would then be conducted by the teachers at the school as part of an internship process.
    4. A read for africa trainer would then come into the school on a monthly basis for 3 consecutive months to follow up and evaluate the progress that teachers are making with their groups, make suggestions and recommendations and evaluate the teachers assignments.
    5. Upon successful completion of the voluntary internship, teachers will receive a certificate and reference letter from read for africa stating that they have demonstrated an understanding of reading and spelling instruction and have taught a learner or group of learners to read or improve their reading and spelling.

    All teachers who attend the training are encouraged to try and apply the method as soon after training as possible in order to contextualise the training and
    Ensure that the theory learned is applied.

    The internship is a win-win situation because learners benefit from the extra input and teachers get the opportunity to implement the programme under the guidance of reading/spelling specialists.

    Overall costing

    All these phases of training can take place parallel to each other or in isolation; however,
    Phase B can only be conducted if preceded by phase A.  Several schools split the phases over 2 years. Some schools do Phases A and D first and then completed B and C at a later stage. The programme and training customised for your school based on budget, type of school, number of teachers and therapists.

    Please note: these prices are based on the fee for the training and the materials.

    Travel and accommodation costs would still need to be considered
    If training takes place outside of johannesburg