GES Simply Letters and Sounds

Leaders in Phonics and Early Reading

GES Simply Letters and Sounds is a unique, evidence-based programme that supports leaders, teaching staff and schools at every stage of each child’s early reading journey.

Our high-quality systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme ensures the best possible outcomes for all children, including the disadvantaged and children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

We are passionate about empowering children to learn to read; we firmly believe it is every child’s fundamental right to acquire the basic, life-long skills of reading. It is our mission to get over 1 million children reading.

Why choose GES Simply Letters and Sounds?

Programme based on the latest cognitive science and research, using the principles of working memory

Supports schools to successfully and sustainably deliver every requirement of the School Inspection Framework for early reading

Comprehensive and cost-effective scheme. It includes Keep-Up and Catch-Up programmes

Created and maintained by an expert team, including consultants in SEND and dyslexia

One of a limited number of SSPs validated by the Department for Education (DfE)

Fully supported transition strategy for schools looking to change from other SSPs

Opportunity to visit flagship GES schools to see the programme being implemented consistently

The impact of the programme is evident in the outcomes achieved for all pupils.

GES Simply Letters & Sounds


GES Simply Letters & Sounds

Phonics in the classroom

“We viewed many programmes before deciding but we felt that GES had a very clear programme that was underpinned by cognitive science. Our children have thrived on this programme. The clarity that GES provides enables my staff to be clear in their teaching and delivery and our children very much enjoy their phonics lessons.”

Lee Duffy, Headteacher at St Mary’s Bryanston Square CE Primary School

Writing Examples from Children in Reception

Progress in Children’s Writing from September 2023 to April 2024

What Does the Programme Offer?

Progression of Grapheme-Phoneme Correspondence (GPC) and Tricky Words

  • Clear pathway for progress mapped out over five weeks each half term.
  • Revision and assessment in the sixth week of each half term.
  • Focus on tricky words, known as common exception words, with clear progression.
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Teachers’ Handbook and Great Expectations Secured Keep Up Programme Handbook

  • Comprehensive Teachers’ Handbook contains everything teachers need to know for successfully implementing the programme.
  • Great Expectations Secured handbook provides tailored guidance for those supporting children at risk of falling behind, for both the Keep Up and the Sustained Intervention programmes that can also be used for older pupils.
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Planning, Assessment and Resources  

  • Six weeks planning, daily lesson plans, half termly assessments and tracking system.
  • Wide range of resources that are tried and tested.
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High-quality Decodable Books

Ransom Reading Stars decodable books match the progression of grapheme-phoneme correspondence (GPC) and tricky words in GES Simply Letters and Sounds.

‘They are ambitious. The books are high quality.’ DfE, June 2022.

Shown below are some examples of the Ransom Reading Stars books.

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Expert Training and Support for Meaningful Professional Development

  • Training and support available from the GES team who are all highly experienced and respected phonics experts, including specialists in special educational needs and dyslexia.
  • Range of training courses designed for a whole school audience, individual teachers across different schools, or clusters of schools.
  • Available online, or onsite and in person.
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School Subscription to GES Simply Letters and Sounds

  • Ensure that your school has up-to-date and on-demand access to everything you need to successfully deliver the GES Simply Letters and Sounds programme
  • Annual subscription provides continuing access to online resources, priced depending on school size
  • Core teaching materials, lesson plans, handbooks, best practice videos, downloadable PDFs and other resources
  • Three one-hour online support sessions per academic year for your school, to support your priorities and needs
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Get In Touch

Act to close that attainment gap now - let’s get children reading!

If you’d like to find out more, or are looking for a supported transition strategy to change your existing SSP programme, simply enquire and one of our expert team will be in touch very soon.

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