SMART Spelling Courses

SMART Spelling is an approach that supports primary school teachers in the systematic teaching of spelling.  There is a clear Foundation – 6 scope and sequence that is well established in many schools.  Teachers start by teaching the meaning of words to expand vocabulary and then break words into syllables, sounds and letter patterns (graphs, digraphs and trigraphs). 


In a SMART Spelling classroom, students are explicitly taught spelling patterns, one at a time.  Teachers choose a range of words (from simple to complex) from a suggested list in the manual.  Students are then guided to choose from that list, to meet different needs.  Personal words are also a focus in SMART Spelling.  Teachers use their strong professional knowledge they gain in the course to give meaningful feedback to students about their spelling in writing, teaching at the point of need.  


Teachers need the training (either face to face or video) and a copy of the SMART Spelling manual to implement this approach successfully.


Schools love SMART Spelling because it’s systematic. Teachers love it because it makes sense!



💻 SMART Spelling Video Course 💻

$149 each

The same content as in the face to face course broken up into 14 videos.  As you watch, refer to the 48 pages of printable notes that are provided! A total of 2.5 hours of video content that will take a whole school day to complete thoroughly and you have access for a month.

There are dedicated question and answer parts on each video where you can type in your questions and Michelle will answer them!

The 263 page manual is separate $88 purchase.  You don't need the manual to do the course, but you will need it to successfully implement in a classroom.

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Contact us for discounts when training a whole school online.

"The online SMART Spelling course was so helpful after having read the manual. It really brought all of the concepts and ideas to life for me. It was full of really informative theory behind spelling, and was packed with amazingly useful and fresh practical recommendations for how to implement and run the SMART Spelling program in my classroom. My class and I started it today!"

Ben Savage
South Australia

"The SMART spelling online course is extremely informative and engaging. You are able to work through the course at your own pace, as it is broken into 14 short video segments which are supported by clear notes. Not only does this training improve your professional knowledge and understanding of teaching spelling, but it provides you with excellent practical lessons, strategies and ideas that you can use in your classroom straight away. No longer is spelling seen as a never-ending list of rules and exceptions for both you and your students to learn."

Jude Griffiths

"I recently did the SMART Spelling course online. It is informative, user friendly, easy to follow, achievable and effective. My children love learning this way and are showing amazing results. Thank you Michelle for this amazing resource."

Maninder Kaur

"I recently completed the SMART Spelling Video Course online, and can highly recommend it. I found it very user friendly and easy to follow. It is a great program and something I have already stated implementing into my classroom. Michelle is so relatable, and her program really makes sense! It was great to be able to make comments as ask questions after each video and I also found it helpful to re-watch the concepts I wasn’t too sure about. Thanks Michelle"

Laura Rawnsley

"The SMART Spelling online course is easy to follow as you can progress through the videos at your own pace. I found this to be a comprehensive, multisensory program that gives teachers practical teaching ideas and strategies to use to increase students understanding of sound letter relationships and the meaning of words. This program empowers teachers by providing them with the knowledge of spelling concepts and understanding of how to teach spelling effectively to our students. I have already begun to teach SMART Spelling in my classroom. My students are actively engaged and are really enjoying studying their words and improving in their spelling each day."

Kylie Thompson

"I am sitting here loving your videos. They are so informative. It is very easy to follow, easy to access and very helpful! Absolutely something all teachers should listen to!"

Candace Freeman

"I have just completed your video course and I am blown away at how much I have learned. The best part about it being on video is that I can replay the bits I don't understand or forget along the way. This program is great value for money for any school. Thank you Michelle for taking the mystery out of spelling and making it logical and achievable."

Sue Collins

"My favourite thing about the SMART Spelling Approach is how it really ‘lets kids in on the secret’. The explicit nature of the approach doesn’t shy away from using correct terminology with even the youngest of learners and empowers them to see themselves as capable and confident, readers, writers and spellers. I also love how whilst it is explicit and direct the weekly study approach provides the opportunity for word and spelling inquiry to also support an inquiry based philosophy to teaching and learning. After completing this course I am left feeling inspired and invigorated to start using this approach in my classroom. Thank you Michelle."

Maddison Cooper

"Thank you Michelle. This has been fascinating. I have always loved language and teaching reading and spelling, but I have learnt lots of new strategies through your videos. I am going to have such fun teaching my students using these new strategies. "

Sue Gasser

"We have found these videos to be an invaluable resource that has given us not only the skills to implement the SMART spelling but the motivation to make spelling meaningful in all of our classrooms from Kinder to 6. We were looking for a program that catered not only for the range of learners but to also address the many spelling deficiencies observed in our children and based on the information provided SMART spelling will meet this need and more!!!!"

Angela Durkin & Naomi Cole
New South Wales

SMART Spelling Face to Face Course

$330 each

Includes a SMART Spelling manual (retail $88) and catering.  9:30 – 3:30      

Click on the blue dates to book.

Melbourne City ~ Wednesday 8th August

Sydney CBD ~ Wednesday 15th August

Melbourne City ~ Wednesday 5th September

Ararat ~ Friday 21st September

Payment Options

Payment is either with credit card or with a school's purchase order number that you enter in at checkout. A tax invoice will be emailed to you.

Outline of the Course


  • The 4 areas of spelling knowledge and what they mean for classroom practice

Letters and Sounds

  • Linking phonological knowledge to orthographic knowledge
  • How and when to explicitly teach

The SMART Spelling Sequence

  • How to teach spelling using the SMART Sequence!

Giving Meaningful Feedback in Writing

  • The 80/20 rule and where to place your teaching emphasis
  • The power of personalised 'BOB' spelling words

Classroom Implementation

  • The weekly spelling routine that is doable in a classroom

The F - 6 Scope and Sequence

  • The 3 step method for teaching sounds and letters
  • The Foundation sequence (for the first year of school)
  • The Year 1 – 6 Scope and Sequence

How Words Work: Letters

  • How words work: Letters
  • Making sense of split digraphs

How Words Work: Sounds

  • A sustainable strategy to say unvoiced/voiced sounds correctly 
  • How to deal with accents
  • How to pronounce the 24 consonant sounds of English
  • How to pronounce the 20 vowel sounds of English

How Words Work: Syllables

  • Why syllables are helpful and when to use them
  • Teaching syllables using karate hands
  • How to use syllables dots

How Words Work: x and u

  • Letters representing more than one sound

Either End of the Curve

  • Revision of SMART using 'au' words
  • Student on modified programs
  • Two ways to enrich students who can already spell

Spelling Study Activities

  • Colour coding
  • Spelling points
  • Spelling stickers
  • Spelling grid

The 4 SMART Spelling Rules

  • Why student need to know base words, consonant suffixes and vowel suffixes
  • The 4 SMART Spelling Rules
  • Words sums


  • When teaching more than one
  • Follow up and thank you

Answers to Your Questions

  • There is a dedicated time to ask questions at the course and the video course has them typed in and answered by Michelle!


SMART Foundation

SMART Foundation is specifically for teachers of foundation classes - the first year of school.

It has video training presented by Michelle Hutchison that is supported by printable notes and you also get digital downloads that contain everything you need to use this approach straight away!

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