SMART Spelling supports primary school teachers to feel great about teaching spelling well.  We do this through a package of a course and a manual.

Hi! I'm Michelle Hutchison and I developed SMART Spelling because I was a frustrated classroom teacher!  I felt like I had other curriculum areas under control, but never spelling.  I always wanted to do better.  With many years of further study and research at Melbourne Uni, I developed SMART Spelling and released it to everyone in 2015!  It's now used (and loved) by thousands of teachers, all across Australia, who are thrilled with the depth of knowledge they and their students develop using the SMART approach.  


You'll love such a sensible approach to teaching spelling. Yes!  Really...

The words 'love' and 'spelling' in the same sentence! 

We often hear "it just makes so much sense"!


Let me show you a simple routine to teach spelling. There's a Foundation – 6 scope and sequence and a comprehensive 263 page manual, with words the broken up for you!  We start by teaching the meaning of words to expand vocabulary and then break words into syllables, sounds and letter patterns (graphs, digraphs and trigraphs).

The Course

 The SMART Spelling course is full of practical content that prioritises what to actually do in your classroom.  I'll show you how to use the 4 spelling knowledges to deliver both explicit lessons, and how to give meaningful feedback to students at the point of need, when they're writing.  The online course can be done at any time that suits you or you can come along to an in person course, presented by me - Michelle Hutchison!

The contents of the online course is the same as the face to face course, you can even type in questions that I'll answer for you (as quickly as I can). It takes the equivalent of a whole school day to complete. The same notes and the same slides...and quite possibly the same jokes!

The Manual

The SMART Spelling manual is a 263 page, coil bound resource for teachers.  It contains a yearly scope and sequence from Foundation – Year 6 that I explain how to use in the course.  There's a huge resource of weekly spelling lists, with the words broken up for you!  Detailed background on syllables, sounds and letters to refer back to. There are also 3 teaching charts to use in the classroom.  

An introduction to

SMART Spelling

A short 4 minute video!


SMART Spelling incorporates both the systematic teaching of spelling each week and also personal words.  We teach in patterns as much as possible, so 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.  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 feel confident in their content knowledge and know that SMART Spelling fits into a busy classroom.

It’s simple and easy...It's even fun!

3 packages to choose from

Online Package


per person that includes:

  • The online SMART Spelling course for one person
  • A PDF 48 page notes booklet
  • A SMART Spelling Manual (retail $88)
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In Person Package


per person that includes:

  • The course presented in person by Michelle at our venue
  • A printed 48 page notes booklet
  • A SMART Spelling Manual
  • Morning tea and lunch ☕️🥪
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Whole School Package


per person that includes:

  • The course presented by Michelle online or in person*
  • Printed 48 page notes booklets
  • SMART Spelling Manuals 
  • 12 months of access to the Follow Up Course (online)
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I already have a manual, I just need the training.

I just want manuals with no training for now. Teachers really need the training to use this well.