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OSI expert Debbie Hepplewhite

Debbie Hepplewhite

A leading independent expert in synthetic phonics

I believe every child has the right to read.

Debbie Hepplewhite MBE is an independent consultant, writer, synthetic phonics expert and inspirational speaker. She is an ex-headteacher with over 20 years’ teaching experience and is an advisor to the UK Reading Reform Foundation Committee.

Debbie offers detailed practical advice to parents, teachers and advisers and has published her own programme, Phonics International. She is author and phonics consultant on Oxford Reading Tree’s Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters.

Debbie believes that synthetic phonics is the most effective method of teaching reading and spelling skills. 

Free online videos: Debbie Hepplewhite on synthetic phonics

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Ensure every child becomes a successful reader

Professional Development

Positive Partnerships with Parents (Video)

There are many things that schools already do to inform and involve the parents and carers in teaching reading, spelling and writing. Find out some of Debbie Hepplewhite’s top tips for working with parents.

2 min 54 seconds

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Professional Development

How to Keep Everyone on Track with Phonics

Debbie Hepplewhite introduces herself and describes why she became so passionate about systematic synthetic phonics teaching.

2 min 9 seconds

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