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About Debbie Hepplewhite

Debbie campaigned extensively over many years to achieve national, evidence-based, systematic synthetic phonics teaching in primary schools. As a representative of the UK Reading Reform Foundation (now an Honorary Committee Member), she advised the British government for the parliamentary inquiry 'Teaching Children to Read' (March 2005) and she helped to inform Sir Jim Rose's 'Independent review of the teaching of early reading' (Final Report, Jim Rose, March 2006).

A former teacher and headteacher, she is known to be a controversial and inspirational speaker - having spoken alongside Jim Rose at literacy conferences. Debbie has written many challenging articles for educational magazines and for many years she has provided practical advice for parents, teaching professionals, teacher-trainers, politicians, publishers and manufacturers.

In 2012, Debbie was awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List for services to education.

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Debbie Hepplewhite MBE FRSA

About Debbie's Programmes

Debbie is the author of two out of only seven DfE 'approved' systematic synthetic phonics programmes - Oxford Reading Tree's 'Floppy's Phonics for Sounds and Letters' and her own 'Phonics International'. Both programmes (and the associated training) met the required core criteria and featured in the DfE's Match Funding catalogue produced by ESPO.*

Floppy's Phonics resources can be ordered from www.floppysphonics.com

The Phonics International programme is an online resource available to purchase on a licensing system - either multi-user (for schools etc.) or single-user (for individuals, parents, tutors etc.). Click HERE to visit the website.

Phonics International have also produced a series of eight 'eBooks' entitled 'Alphabetic Code and Phonics Skills' - Click HERE for more information.

*The DfE Match Funding scheme ended on 31st October 2013.

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