I am a big fan of Michelle's and SMART Spelling.  I have been looking for a GOOD whole school approach (not a programme) to spelling for a long time.  Once I had been to Michelle's SMART Spelling PD I just had to get the whole staff PD.  Michelle did a whole school PD for us at our school and by morning recess she had everyone enthusiastic to get started!  Her presentation is VERY engaging, and we learnt so much about how language works and how to teach this to all children.  SMART Spelling covers all the bases.  It is inclusive, differentiated and finally we have spelling rules that make sense!

Ree Rogan, Literacy Leader, Barwon Heads Primary School

Frequently Asked Questions...

About having Michelle come to your school

How do I book Michelle to come to my school?

  • Email Freddy [email protected] for an overview and quote for your school to consider. We then check dates via email. Once a date has been set and a purchase order number issued, you will receive written confirmation via email.


What does it cost to have our own course?

  • $165 per participant. This includes comprehensive printed booklets AND a manual for each participant (value $88).  The minimum numbers are 40, so smaller schools are encouraged to join together or consider the video course.  (Prices are Melb Metro - contact us for travel costs)


What's Michelle's availability like?

  • Michelle is in great demand, so yes, she is heavily booked – but you are important to us…so please email Freddy!  There is always the alternative of doing the video course.  


What about the video course for a whole school?

The whole school SMART Spelling package includes:

1.  The Video Course  

2.  The Manual 

3.  The online Follow Up (12 months of videos, quizzes and answers to your questions)

$185 per person inclusive of GST.  Only available for whole schools where all classroom teachers are being trained.  Value is $286, so the saving is over $100 each. Contact us to order the whole school video course package at the special price.


What about a short session?

  • SMART Spelling is a full day. There is so much helpful material that we need a full day!  


What about follow up after the course?

  • There is an online SMART Spelling Follow Up.  It has videos and quizzes that cover 10 topics.  You can also have your questions answered by Michelle by typing them into the online follow up!  The 12 months access to this is optional and costs $49 each.

At St. Joseph's we have a whole school approach to spelling. All our teachers and learning support have been trained with Michelle to make a whole school impact on our spelling, reading and writing results. All our children have an understanding of the process each week that goes on in spelling sessions. The how to teach the words has made a huge impact on our learners. We have noticed a massive difference to our Foundation learners with their spelling, writing and reading using SMART spelling.  We have sent home information to parents, so they are on board as well. 

Lucy Keath, Principal, St Joseph's Cobram

Lemnos is a small school of 9 students who all have social and emotional needs, we have a high indigenous population and our kids were very reluctant writers. It was to the point where writing sessions would be a trigger for meltdowns for a lot of our kids. So much has changed as a result of Smart Spelling and our students are having a go at writing and producing written work! We made a class book the other day, it was so exciting! I truly believe that this is due to their increased confidence since they have begun your program. Thank you for running your amazing PD’s and for giving us the tools to better engage our students as writers.

Robyn Niclasen, Lemnos Primary School

At California Gully P.S. back In 2016 the school was in desperate need of/for a common understanding and language around spelling and a whole school approach. Two teachers had an opportunity to attend Michelle’s PD in November of that year. Both teachers came back from the professional learning opportunity excited at what they saw as a logical and sequential spelling program. As a result I booked Michelle to present the SMART Spelling approach to the entire staff in March of 2017. Following the professional development staff were 100% committed to following the SMART Spelling approach and the spelling results are steadily increasing. The SMART Spelling approach is not only limited to teaching and enhancing spelling skills. It has had a great impact on the student’s oral language skills and in turn their writing. The grade F-6 teachers found the SMART Spelling approach efficient in its routines, vocabulary, rules and implementation. The word lists provided a range from simple to more complex words (green, orange, red). This enables the learning focus (graph, diagraph, trigraph etc) to be the same for the whole class, while differentiating the lists for students of differing abilities.  I have now moved schools and with similar needs at Huntly Primary School have started implementing the SMART Spelling approach across the school, as the evidence of its success at my previous school cannot be disputed.

 Jason Lee, Principal, Huntly Primary School

Our school has instituted the SMART Spelling programme for the past two years and have found it to be very beneficial. Testimonials from teachers are always available, but the viewpoint of administration with new programmes may be of benefit. As a leader, it is exciting to see teachers empowered to adequately cater for all ability levels of their students. The programme is school wide, so handovers at the end of the year are easily understood and the students may begin the new year from where they left off. Because it is so teacher friendly, staff have found it easy to implement. Finally, my personal favourite is that spelling rules are still explicitly taught – the children are not expected to learn by osmosis. Yes, I am very happy with this programme.

Bruce Horman, Head of Junior School, Covenant College Geelong

Kialla Central Primary School is moving into our third year of implementing the SMART Spelling Approach.  Our staff have found a new passion for teaching spelling. It is practical way to teach spelling and it just makes sense!  Our students talk the talk, walk the walk & are transferring it to their writing, reading and across other curriculum areas.  We are massive fans of Michelle, her work and generosity in sharing her resources!  Thanks Michelle! 
Debbie Humphries, Principal, Kialla Central Primary School

Schools who have trained as whole schools


Lake Boga Primary School

St Michael's Deniliquin NSW

South Melbourne Primary School

Torquay Coast Primary School

Gilson College

Hillcrest Christian College

St Mary's Bairnsdale

St Patrick's Stratford

Christ the Priest, Caroline Springs

St Francis of Assisi, Wodonga

Templestowe Park Primary School

Colac West PS

Leibler Yavneh College

Caulfield South Primary School

Windsor Primary School

Table Top PS NSW

St Joesph's Cobram

Apollo Bay P-12 College

St Robert's Geelong

Katunga Primary School

Lemnos Primary School

St Joseph's Numurkah

Tallygaroopna Primary School

St Francis Nathalia

Nathalia Primary School

Our Lady of the Nativity, Aberfeldie 

Boot District School

Elmore Primary School

St Liborius, Eaglehawke

Huntly Primary School

Beaumaris North Primary School

Ruyton Girls' School

Cana Hillside

Waverley Gardens Primary School

Lowther Hall

St Clare's Truganina

St Gabriel's Traralgon

Mary Mackillop Primary Narre Warren

Murrumbeena Primary School

Manor Lakes P-12 College

St Mary's Greensborough

Tecoma Primary School

Eastside Lutheran College, Hobart, TAS

Castlemaine Primary School

Leitchville Primary School

Guthrie Street Primary School, Shepparton

Cobram Anglican Grammar School (Whole School Video Training)

John Palmer Public School, NSW

Good Shepherd Wheelers Hill

Westbourne Park Primary School, South Australia (Whole School Video Training)

Alexandra Primary School (Whole School Video Training)

Grandchester State School Queensland (Whole School Video Training)

Lloyd Street PS, Malvern East

Echuca Twin Rivers School

St Arnaud Primary School

Eltham East Primary School (Whole School Video Training)

Hohidiai School, Indonesia

The Geelong College

St Anthony's, Lara (Whole School Video Training)

Belgrave Christian School (Whole School Video Training)

Delungra Public School, NSW (Whole School Video Training)


St Leonard's College

Camberwell Girls Grammar

Cathedral College Wangaratta

Mentone Girls’ Grammar

St Patrick’s Kilmore

St Leo The Great Altona North

St Mary’s Ascot Vale

Barwon Heads Primary School

Berwick Primary School

Nunawading Christian School

Victory Christian College, Bendigo

California Gully Primary School

Al Siraat College

St Paul’s Sunshine West

St Peter’s Sunshine

Kilmore Primary School

Lysterfield Primary School

St Margaret’s East Geelong

Our Lady Help of Christian’s Wendouree

St Monica’s Wodonga

Ballarat Grammar

Billanook College

Lauriston Girls School

Ballarat North Primary School

St Michael’s Heyfield

Colac Specialist School

Seaford Park Primary School

St Patrick’s Camperdown

Rosanna Golf Links Primary School

Southmoor Primary School

Tatura Primary School

Al Iman College

Islamic College of Melbourne

Fintona Girls' Grammar 


Melbourne Grammar School

The Scots School NSW

Hillcrest Christian College

St Columba’s Ballarat

Overnewton College

Adass Israel

Avenel Primary School

Yeshiva College

Solway Primary School

Wesley College St Kilda Rd

Sussex Heights Primary School

Carey Donvale

Xavier Brighton

St Simon’s Rowville

Good News Lutheran College

St Carlo Borromeo

Middle Park Primary

Yarra Valley Grammar

Yea Primary School

Kilvington Grammar

Melbourne Grammar

Ilim College

Kialla Central Primary School

Kialla West Primary School

St Brigid’s Mordialloc

Education Department in Vanua Lavu, Fiji

Korowa AGS

Creek Street Christian College

Euroa Primary School

Flowerdale Primary School

Gardenvale Primary School

Oatlands Primary School

Lightning Reef Primary School

Chario Christian Pakenham

St John’s Preston

Covenant College Geelong

Axedale Primary School


Casey Grammar School

Mount Evelyn Christian College

Beaconhills College

Kaliana School Bendigo

Ballarat Christian College

St Augustine’s Maryborough

Newhaven College

East Bentleigh Primary School

Cranbourne Park Primary School

Loretto College Toorak

St Paul’s Grammar

Aitken College

Our lady Help of Christians Warrnambool

Glenroy Private

Sandringham East Primary School

St Alipius Ballarat

St Thomas More Ballarat

Westbourne Grammar School

St Joseph’s Boronia

Mentone Park Primary School

Our Lady Southern Cross Wyndham Vale

Brighton Grammar

Good Shephard Croydon

Deutsche School Melbourne

Oxley College


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