The SMART Spelling course is filled with practical knowledge for primary teachers.  Teachers are thrilled with the depth of knowledge they and their students develop using the SMART approach.  They love such a sensible approach to teaching spelling.  Teachers often say . . . 

"it just makes so much sense"!


Teachers need the to do the course and have a copy of the SMART Spelling manual to implement this approach successfully in a classroom.


Book easily online and pay using either a credit card or a purchase order number from a school.  When you make a booking for a course, a tax invoice will be emailed within 24 hours.

One course, two choices: Face to face or video!

Face to face course

$330 per person

Price includes a 263 page SMART Spelling manual (retail $88), printed notes, morning tea and lunch.  9:30 – 3:30 

Our lovely Melbourne City venue is only a 3 minute walk from Flagstaff Station or a 6 minute walk from Southern Cross Station. We also start at 9:30 to help with travel time for people coming from the country and interstate!

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Melbourne City ~ February 27th Full

Melbourne City ~ Friday March 8th Full

Melbourne City ~ Friday April 5th  

Term 2:

Melbourne ~ Wednesday 22nd May

Melbourne ~ Friday 7th June

Term 3:

Melbourne ~ Friday 9th August

Melbourne ~ Wednesday 4th September

Term 4:

Melbourne ~ Friday 1st November

Melbourne ~ Monday 25th November

Click here if you're interested in whole school training.

Video Course

$149 per person

The video course is full of practical content that is broken up into 14 digestible videos!  It comes with 48 pages of comprehensive notes to print out to support your learning!

There is a total of 2.5 hours of video content that will take a whole school day to complete thoroughly as you do the activities and type in questions.   You'll have access for a month from the date of purchase and you can re-watch as many times as you like.

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The course can be viewed on any device and can be done anywhere at anytime!

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

The 263 page SMART Spelling manual is separate $88 purchase.  You don't need the manual to do the course, but you will need it to implement this approach successfully.

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 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 started 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, Tecoma Primary School

I am sitting here loving your video course. It is so informative.  It's very easy to follow, easy to access and very helpful! Absolutely something all teachers should listen to!

Candace Freeman, Eastside Lutheran College, Tasmania

Outline of the Course

The content of the video course and the face to face course is the same.


  • 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/stamps
  • 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!


  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, Moldova 


Read what other teachers say and what schools say about SMART Spelling!

SMART Foundation

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

It is 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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