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The Phonics Programme: September 2017 to March 2019

  • The Phonics Programme is an Excalibur TSA £420,000 DfE SSIF programme, aimed at improving the mastery of Phonics in KS1 which ran until March 2019 and achieved a Green RAG rating from the DfE
  • The programme involved collaborative working with Nexus TSA, Pickwick Learning TSA, Swindon TS, Wiltshire LA, Bath spa University and Best Practice Network
  • The aim of the programme was to improve primary pupils’ mastery of basic phonic knowledge to develop speed and fluency so that children become confident, mature readers with a passion for reading
  • 52 schools in Wiltshire, Swindon, Bristol and South Gloucestershire benefited, developing a high level of expertise from their Phonics Champion Teachers and Phonics Champion TAs, all trained by the Phonics Programme


  • Access Free Phonics resources here:

With effect from 1st September 2021, Excalibur Teaching School Alliance ceases to exist in its current format. We will continue to offer CPD and ITT and we are working with the Swindon and Wiltshire Teaching School Hub as a Lead Partner to support the delivery of the Early Careers Framework (Secondary) and the delivery of the new suite of National Professional Qualifications. You can contact us by email at AdminTSA@stjohns.excalibur.org.uk