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Part of the No Nonsense Phonics Skills series

No Nonsense Phonics Skills set

Paperback £249.99

No Nonsense Phonics Skills is a DfE-validated systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme that provides a comprehensive step-by-step method of teaching reading, handwriting and spelling in the English language. Author Debbie Hepplewhite guides the learner and the teacher through a series of carefully designed systematic phonics routines to master the complex English Alphabetic Code. Each of the nine pupil books is rich in content, providing phonics instruction and exercises with ‘cumulative’ code, words and texts developing language comprehension and building up knowledge of ‘spelling word banks’. High-frequency and tricky words, and additional letter/s–sound correspondences, are drip-fed into the teaching and learning sequence of the 109 included ‘Mini Stories’. Each boxed No Nonsense Phonics Skills set includes 6 copies of each of the nine pupil workbooks, an accompanying Teacher Book for each of the nine pupil workbooks containing additional guidance and example comprehension questions for the Mini Stories, six copies of a laminated A4 table-top Alphabetic Code Chart, and a USB stick containing additional resources and video guidance from author Debbie Hepplewhite. THIS PRODUCT IS VATABLE. Part of the No Nonsense Phonics Skills series.

Quick Info

Key Stage 1

Pages: 0 Interest Age: 4 - 9, Reading Age: 4 - 9, Hi-Lo: No, AR Level: 0, Trim Length: 297 mm, Trim Width: 210 mm, Publication Date: Sep 2016

ISBN: 9781474739665

This box set could change the way you do things and turn your teaching on its head. If you want a logical, step-by-step programme providing targeted support, No Nonsense Phonics Skills is a strong, functional, thorough and far-reaching resource. It is magnificently fit for purpose, provides content-rich practice of the three core phonics skills and their sub-skills, and maximises learning.

John Dabell
Teach Primary

Introduction to the No Nonsense Phonics programme

Carl Pattison, Early Reading Lead of The Flying High Trust, and Debbie Hepplewhite introduce the No Nonsense Phonics programme - including the rationale and resources.

Systematic Synthetic Phonics with No Nonsense Phonics Webinar

Author Debbie Hepplewhite with guest-speaker literacy advisor Carl Pattison introduce the DfE-validated systematic synthetic phonics programme No Nonsense Phonics.

Find out more about rich systematic synthetic phonics practice

Carl Pattison, Early Reading Lead of The Flying High Trust, invites Debbie Hepplewhite to describe the rationale of No Nonsense Phonics Skills and Phonics International. 

About the Author

Debbie Hepplewhite MBE FRSA, is a former primary teacher, special needs teacher and headteacher. She has campaigned for many years to achieve research-informed, systematic synthetic phonics teaching in primary schools.


As a representative of the UK Reading Reform Foundation she advised the British Government for the parliamentary inquiry ‘Teaching Children to Read’ (March 2005) and helped to inform Sir Jim Rose’s ‘Independent review of the teaching of early reading’ (Final Report, Jim Rose, March 2006). Debbie has spoken about phonics at several researchED conferences and alongside Sir Jim Rose at literacy conferences. In 2015, she established the ‘International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction’.


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


Debbie provides training and phonics consultancy services internationally including an online self-study course, Phonics Training Online.

About Phonics International

Phonics International (PI) is a highly-organised, systematic and yet flexible synthetic phonics programme (program).
Designed for all ages and needs and suitable for anyone who wants to learn to read and spell. Furthermore, PI is perfect for schools, tutoring and homeschooling. Teachers, teaching assistants, tutors, learners and learners' parents will all find the resources very supportive and effective. Student-teachers and teacher-trainers will also find great benefit from using our phonics programme for training purposes.

Explore Phonics International and discover additional resources here.

Reviews (2)

Katie Lawrence on 24 May 2021
As a result of the No Nonsense Phonics Skills resource, Year One’s results have significantly improved from the previous years. Therefore, as a school we will carry on using this amazing resource to further improve reading within our school and I would recommend this resource to other schools to see similar results.
Liz Day on 21 June 2021
We have been using No Nonsense Phonics Skills for two years and absolutely love it. The materials are a fantastic, easy to use resource for both adults and children alike. The children thoroughly enjoy using the books and look forward to their daily phonic lesson with great anticipation. We particularly like the focus not only on the sounds but on the handwriting and it has had a dramatic impact on the progress that the children have made this year. The books are easy to follow and are clearly set out. The children's confidence has soared using No Nonsense Phonics Skills and this can be seen in both their reading and writing.