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4th January 2017
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The catalyst for the Phonics Intervention site…

A warm welcome to the new Phonics Intervention site (new on 3rd January 2017) – and blog.

I’m going to start off with an explanation of ‘why’ David (my fab husband for anyone who doesn’t know us already) and I have created this new site – the catalyst. Of course there is always more back-story than a simple explanation but a couple of phone calls to us late in 2016 provided the extra motivation to address a worrying state of affairs re various organisations charging extortionate prices for training and resources, and tutoring services, for ‘intervention’ purposes.

We launched the new site today by sending out an eNewsletter to our subscribers, a message via Twitter and via my Phonics International forum. You can read about ‘the catalyst’ here:

I’m very pleased to say that we’ve already been approached by a couple of people who would like to be added to our list of tutors and so it won’t be long before we can also ‘launch’ that particular feature of the Phonics Intervention site.

I’m very grateful for the people who have retweeted my launch message and also for those who have sent me private emails to congratulate us on our new site. We’re certainly hoping to grow a network of tutors who are well-equipped with the knowledge and practical support to offer a truly great intervention service and who, on a point of principle, do not overcharge parents and carers worried about their children’s literacy.

And to round our launch-day off wonderfully, imagine my surprise to see this recommendation circulated to a network dedicated to those with language and literacy difficulties – I’m so pleased that our embryonic site has got off to such a positive start – thank you so much for all this collegial support!

“Debbie Hepplewhite’s new website,, is well worth a visit. The website provides just about everything you need to know to teach systematic synthetic phonics effectively in both free and paid resources. For those of us who are contacted by parents and teachers for help, but can’t provide the help ourselves, we can suggest they use this website as a ‘one stop shop’ for the help they need.”