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 the words 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

To implement the SMART Spelling approach, teachers need to do the course and have a manual.  The course takes whole school day to complete and it’s full of practical content that covers what to actually do in your classroom.  I'll show you how to deliver both explicit lessons and how to give meaningful feedback to students at the point of need, when they're writing.  You’ll be well supported through the course by 48 pages of comprehensive notes.

The online course can be done at any time that suits you.  You can even type in questions that I'll answer for you - as quickly as I can!   The 2.5 hours of video footage takes the equivalent of a whole school day to complete by the time you do the activities, reflect, discuss, ask questions or read the answers to other people's questions in the login area.  The certificate is for five hours. You’ll have a month of access to the online course from the time of purchase. Usually the course is completed in one day, however you can break it up into shorter sessions if you wish.  The contents of the course is the same, whether you do it online or face to face.  


The Manual

The manual is a 263 page coil bound resource for teachers.  It contains a yearly scope and sequence from Foundation to Year 6 that I explain how to use in the course.  There's a huge resource of spelling lists, with the words broken up for you!  You don't need the manual with you to do the course, but you will need it to implement this into a classroom.

Manuals are posted out ASAP by the next business day.



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 of the notes (48 pages)
  • 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
  • Printed notes booklet (48 pages)
  • 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 notes booklets (48 pages)
  • SMART Spelling Manuals 
  • 12 months of access to the Follow Up Course (online)
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Payment by credit card or PayPal. A tax invoice will be emailed to you automatically after purchase.  For school orders, payment is available by bank transfer.  If you have a purchase order number, enter it at checkout and if not, just leave it blank.  

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.



✅ How long do I have access to the online course?

One month from the time of purchase. The course content is the equivalent of one school day.  We find that if you stretch it out any more than that, you'll forget bits! You can re-watch the course as many times as you like within your month of access.  Of course, if anything unexpected happens and you don't get to finish the course we will happily extend it for you.


✅ How long does it take to do the course?

It takes a whole school day. The online course has a total of 2.5 hours of video content that's broken into 14 shorter videos.  It takes a whole school day to complete though, as you pause to do the activities, make notes, type in questions and read other people's questions and the answers too!  Some schools choose to complete the online course over 2-3 after school sessions.  You get a PDF certificate emailed for 5 hours of professional learning.


✅ What's covered in the SMART Spelling course?

Video 1: Background

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

Video 2: Letters and Sounds 

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

Video 3: The SMART Spelling Sequence 

  • How to teach spelling using the SMART Sequence!

Video 4: Giving Meaningful Feedback in Writing 

  • The 80/20 rule and where to place your teaching emphasis
  • The power of personalised 'BOB' spelling words - in the right dose!

Video 5: Classroom Implementation 

  • The weekly spelling routine that is doable in a classroom

Video 6: 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

Video 7: How Words Work: Letters 

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

Video 8: 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

Video 9: How Words Work: Syllables 

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

Video 10: How Words Work: x and u 

  • Letters representing more than one sound

Video 11: Either End of the Curve 

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

Video 12: Spelling Study Activities

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

Video 13: How Words Work: Spelling Rules 

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

Video 14: Plurals

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



✅ Where can I get those circle spelling stamps?

They're a lot of fun!  You can buy them here.


✅ I'd like a refresher.  Is there a follow up course?

You might be interested in the Follow Up Course. 


✅ What about Foundation classes?

You'll be interested in The SMART Foundation Supplement. It's optional (and helpful) for teachers of children in their first year of school.


✅ Who are some schools that do a whole school approach?


(newest at top)

Tullibigeal Central School, NSW (Online)

Condamine State School, QLD (Online)

Cloverdale Primary School, WA (Online)

St Mary's Yarram, Vic (Online)

Christian College Geelong, Waurn Ponds, Vic (Online)

East Loddon P-12, Vic (Online)

St Mary of the Cross McKillop Epping, Vic (Online)

St Peter's Epping, Vic (Online)

Frankston School Hamilton, New Zealand (Online)

Pacific Valley Christian School, NSW (Online)

St Martin de Porres, Laverton, Vic (Online)

Jennings Public School, NSW (Online)

Penrith Public School, NSW (Online)

Holy Spirit School Lavington, NSW (Online)

Maimuru Public School, NSW (Online)

Kirrawee Public School, NSW (Online)

Hunter River Community school, NSW (Online)

Bellata Public School, NSW (Online)

St Peter's Coleambally, NSW (Online)

Ardmona Primary School, Vic (Online)

Shortland Public School, NSW (Online)

South Melbourne Park Primary School (Online)

Pearcedale Primary School, Vic (Face to face)

Broadmeadows Primary School, Vic (Face to face)

Tamworth West Public School, NSW (Online)

St James Brighton East Vic (In person)

St Joseph's Wagga Wagga, NSW (Online)

St Finbar's Brighton Vic (Face to face)

Deepdene Primary School, Vic (Online)

Louth Public School, NSW (Online)

Seaford North Primary School, Vic (Online)

Sacred Heart Croydon, Vic (Online)

St Stephen's College, QLD (Online)

Holy Spirit Ringwood, Vic (In person)

Moree Public School, NSW (Online)

Merredin Public School, NSW (Online)

Cundletown Public School, NSW (Online)

Tyrrell College, Vic (Online)

Mackenzie State Primary School, QLD (Online)

Cootamundra Public School, NSW (Online)

Wee Waa Public School, NSW (Online)

Wanaaring Public School, NSW (Online)

Old Noarlunga Public School, NSW (Online)

Marymede Catholic College South Morang, Vic (Online)

Cohuna Public School, Vic (Online)

Abbortsford Public School, NSW (Online)

Narrabri West Public School, NSW (Online)

St James the Apostle, Hoppers Crossing, Vic (Online)

Morwell Central Public School, Vic (Online)

Strathmerton Public School, Vic (Online)

Resurrection School, Keysborough Vic (Face to face)

Tallimba Public School, NSW (Online)

Hamilton Public school, Newcastle NSW (Face to face)

Viewbank PS, Vic (Face to face)

Ascot Vale Specialist School, Vic (Face to face)

St Paul the Apostle North, Endeavour Hills, Vic (Online)

South Grafton PS, NSW (Online)

Wandin Yallock PS, NSW (Online)

Murrurundi PS, NSW (Online)

St Joesph's PS Chelsea, Vic (Online)

Perseverance Primary, French Island, Vic (Online)

Crib Point Primary School, Vic (Online)

Lennox Head PS, NSW (Online)

Plenty Valley Christian College, Vic (Online)

Claremont Meadows PS, NSW (Online)

St Michael's Manilla, NSW (Online)

Kulkarriya Community School, N.T. (Online)

Trinity Catholic School Richmond, Vic (Online)

Murchison Primary School, Vic (Online)

Tallimba Public School, NSW (Online)

Tamworth West PS, NSW (Online)

Anderson's Creek Primary School, Vic (Online)

Blacktown South Public School, NSW (Online)



Wodonga West Primary School, Vic (Online)

Tallong Public School, NSW (Online)

St Francis de Sales College, SA (Online)

Bonnyrigg Public School, NSW (Online)

St Mary's Hamilton, Vic (Online)

Orana Heights Public School Dubbo, NSW (Online)

Jindabyne Central School, NSW (Online)

Hunter School of the Performing Arts, NSW (Online)

Tea Gardens Public School, NSW (Online)

Trinity Anglican College, Wodonga (Online)

St Mary's Seymour (Online)

Tongala Primary School (Online)

Investigator College, SA (Online)

Lakelands Public School, NSW (Online)

Natimuk Primary School (Online)

Saint Stephen's College, QLD (Online)

Hillview Public School, NSW (Online)

Newport Gardens Primary School (Online)

Dingley PS (Face to face)

School of the Good Shepherd (Face to face)

St Joesph's, Warragul (Face to face)

Katandra West Primary School (Online)

Binnaway Public School, NSW (Online)

Spreyton Primary School, Tasmania (Online)

Holy Family, Mount Waverley (Online)

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Newborough (Online)

Nazareth PS, Grovedale (Online)

Binalong Public School, NSW (Online)

Glenwood Public School, NSW (Online)

Pinewood Primary School (Face to face)

Moree East PS, NSW (Face to face)

St Bernard's, Bacchus Marsh (Online)

Lockwood Primary School (Online)

St Francis of the Field, Strathfieldsaye (Face to face)

Moama Public School, NSW (Online)

Heany Park Primary School (Face to face)

Selby Primary School (Face to face)

Woorabinda State School, QLD (Online)

Kalista Primary School (Face to face)

Hebersham Public School, NSW (Face to face)

Williamstown Primary School (Face to face)

Bellbrae PS (Face to face)

St Paul's, Coburg (Online)

St Paul's Primary School, Bentleigh (Face to face)

Rosemeadow Public School, NSW (Online)

Ivanhoe Grammar (Online)

Gagebrook Primary School, Tas (Online)

St Francis of Assisi, Mill Park (Face to face)

St Mary's, St Kilda East (Face to face)

Aspendale Gardens Primary School (Face to face)

Echuca Specialist School (Face to face)

Rochester Primary School (Online)

St Brendan's, Flemington (Online)

Loreto Normanhust, NSW (Online)

St Mary's Bellingen, NSW (Online)

Caulfield Junior College (Face to face)

Footscray City PS (Face to face)

St Brigid's, Gisborne (Online)

Elwood Primary School (Face to face)

St Brigid's New Norfolk, Tas  (Online)

Toorak College (Online)

Echuca Primary School (Face to face)

St Peter's, Keilor East (Face to face)

St Mary's, Whittlesea (Face to face)

Sacred Heart, Kew (Face to face)

St Cecilia's Glen Iris (Face to face)

Mount Eliza North PS (Online)

St Michael's Traralgon  (Online)

Mallacoota P-12 College (Online)

Wideview Public School, NSW (Online)

Sacred Heart Diamond Creek (Online)

St Mary's Rutherglen (Online)

John Paul II, Hobart Tasmania (Face to face)

Kurrajong Public School, NSW (Online)

Greenwell Point Public School, NSW (Online)

Werrimull Primary School (Online)

Carrathool Public School, NSW (Online)

Rockhampton Girls Grammar School, QLD (Online)

Puckapunyal Primary School (Online)

Humpty Doo Primary Northern Territory (Online)

St Anne's, North Albury, NSW (Face to face)

Greenwell Point PS, NSW (Online)

Birmingham PS (Face to face)

Billanook Primary School (Face to face)

St Kilian's Bendigo (Face to face)

Lutheran School, Wagga Wagga, NSW (Online)

Gippsland Grammar, Sale (Online)

Sacred Heart School, Corryong (Online)

Marlborough Primary School (Online)

Somers Primary School (Online)

Boggabri Public School, NSW (Online)

St Michael's Deniliquin NSW (Face to face)

St Francis Tannum Sands, QLD (Online)

 Prince of Peace, QLD (Face to face)

Exeter Public School, NSW (Online)

Sacre Coeur, Glen Iris (Online)

St Peter Chanel Primary School (Online)

Carrathool Public School, NSW (Online)

Curlewis Public School, NSW (Online)




Warialda Public School, NSW (Face to face)

Southern Cross Grammar (Face to face)

Mathoura Public School, NSW (Online)

Holy Rosary, White Hills (Face to face)

Mentone Grammar (Face to face)

St Mary's, Malvern East (Face to face)

St John Bosco, Niddrie (Face to face)

St Oliver Plunkett, Pascoe Vale (Face to face)

Concongella Primary School (Online)

Delungra Public School, NSW (Online)

Belgrave Christian School (Online)

St Anthony's, Lara (Online)

The Geelong College (Face to face)

Hohidiai School, Indonesia (Online)

Eltham East Primary School (Online)

St Arnaud Primary School (Face to face)

Echuca Twin Rivers School (Face to face)

Lloyd Street PS, Malvern East (Face to face)

Bethesda International Christian School, Moldova (Online)

Grandchester State School Queensland (Online)

Alexandra Primary School (Online)

Westbourne Park Primary School, South Australia (Online)

Good Shepherd Wheelers Hill (Face to face)

St Patrick's Albury, NSW (Face to face)

John Palmer Public School, NSW (Face to face)

Cobram Anglican Grammar School (Online)

St Thomas More, Hadfield (Face to face)

Emmaus Catholic Primary School, Sydenham

Guthrie Street Primary School, Shepparton

Leitchville Primary School

Castlemaine Primary School

Eastside Lutheran College, Hobart, TAS

Tecoma Primary School

St Mary's Greensborough

Manor Lakes P-12 College

Murrumbeena Primary School

Mary Mackillop Primary Narre Warren

St Gabriel's Traralgon

St Clare's Truganina

Lowther Hall

Waverley Gardens Primary School

Cana Hillside

Ruyton Girls' School

Beaumaris North Primary School

Huntly Primary School

St Liborius, Eaglehawke

Specimen Hill Primary School

Elmore Primary School

Boort District School

Our Lady of the Nativity, Aberfeldie 

Nathalia Primary School

St Francis Nathalia

Tallygaroopna Primary School

St Joseph's Numurkah

Lemnos Primary School

Katunga Primary School

St Robert's Geelong

Apollo Bay P-12 College

St Joseph’s Cobram

Table Top PS NSW

Windsor Primary School

Caulfield South Primary School

Leibler Yavneh College

Colac West PS

Templestowe Park Primary School

St Francis of Assisi, Wodonga NSW

Christ the Priest, Caroline Springs

St Patrick's Stratford

St Mary's Bairnsdale

Hillcrest Christian College

Gilson College

Torquay Coast Primary School

South Melbourne Primary School

Lake Boga Primary School





Fintona Girls' Grammar 

Islamic College of Melbourne

Al Iman College

Tatura Primary School

Southmoor Primary School

Rosanna Golf Links Primary School

St Patrick’s Camperdown

Seaford Park Primary School

Colac Specialist School

St Michael’s Heyfield

Ballarat North Primary School

Lauriston Girls School

Billanook College

Ballarat Grammar

St Monica’s Wodonga, NSW

Our Lady Help of Christian’s Wendouree

St Margaret’s East Geelong

Lysterfield Primary School

Kilmore Primary School

St Peter’s Sunshine

St Paul’s Sunshine West

Al Siraat College

California Gully Primary School

Victory Christian College, Bendigo

Nunawading Christian School

Berwick Primary School

Barwon Heads Primary School

St Mary’s Ascot Vale

St Leo The Great Altona North

St Patrick’s Kilmore

Mentone Girls’ Grammar

Cathedral College Wangaratta

Camberwell Girls Grammar

St Leonard's College






Axedale Primary School

Covenant College Geelong

St John’s Preston

Chario Christian Pakenham

Lightning Reef Primary School

Oatlands Primary School

Gardenvale Primary School

Flowerdale Primary School

Euroa Primary School

Creek Street Christian College

Korowa AGS

Education Department in Vanua Lavu, Fiji

St Brigid’s Mordialloc

Kialla West Primary School

Kialla Central Primary School

Ilim College

Melbourne Grammar

Kilvington Grammar

Yea Primary School

Yarra Valley Grammar

Middle Park Primary

St Carlo Borromeo

Good News Lutheran College

St Simon’s, Rowville

Xavier Brighton

Carey Donvale

Sussex Heights Primary School

Wesley College, St Kilda Rd

Solway Primary School

Yeshiva College

Avenel Primary School

Adass Israel

Overnewton College

St Columba’s, Ballarat

Hillcrest Christian College

The Scots School, NSW




 Oxley College

Deutsche School Melbourne

Good Shepherd Croydon

Brighton Grammar

Our Lady Southern Cross, Wyndham Vale

Mentone Park Primary School

St Joseph’s, Boronia

Westbourne Grammar School

St Thomas More, Ballarat

St Alipius, Ballarat

Sandringham East Primary School

Glenroy Private

Our lady Help of Christians, Warrnambool

Aitken College

St Paul’s Anglican Grammar

Loretto College, Toorak

Cranbourne Park Primary School

East Bentleigh Primary School

Newhaven College

St Augustine’s, Maryborough

Ballarat Christian College

Kaliana Specialist School, Bendigo

Beaconhills College, Berwick

Mount Evelyn Christian College

Casey Grammar School, Cranbourne