The SMART Spelling course is filled with practical knowledge for primary school teachers.  You'll join the thousands of other 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"!

To implement this approach successfully you'll need 2 things:

The manual


you need to do the course!

The course is full of practical content that prioritises what to actually do in your classroom.  It shows 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 are writing independently.  The course is equivalent to a whole school day and can be done online at any time that suits you, or you can come along to a face to face presented by Michelle Hutchison.  

The contents of the online course is the same as the face to face courses.  The same notes and the same slides...and quite possibly the same jokes!

Orders are done easily online and payment is either with a credit card or PayPal, or for school orders - payment later by bank transfer.  If you have a purchase order number from your school, you can enter it at checkout, if not just leave it blank.

A tax invoice will be emailed to you automatically.

One Course, Two Choices: Online or Face to Face!

Online Course

$149 per person

The online course is broken up into 14 digestible videos.  You can do it all at once in one school day, or over a few shorter sessions, if you'd prefer. It comes with 48 pages of comprehensive notes to print out to support your learning!

There's a total of 2.5 hours of video content that takes a whole school day to complete thoroughly, by the time you do the activities, type in questions in the login area (for Michelle to answer) and read answers to other people's questions and the answers to those too!

You'll have access for a month from the date of purchase and you can re-watch as many times as you like within that time.

You will receive a certificate of completion for 5 hours of professional learning.

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.

Click here to order the course and the manual as a combo ($237) and get free express postage!

Click here to get the online course ($149)

Face to Face Course



$387 per person


Come along and meet Michelle at a face to face course.  All of our courses are hosted centrally at city CBD venues, that are only a short walk from major train stations.

We also start at 9:30am to help with travel time and the course finishes before 3:30pm.

The $387 price includes a 263 page SMART Spelling manual (retail $88), printed notes, morning tea and lunch.

You will receive a certificate of completion for 5 hours of professional learning.

Future dates

Term 3

Melbourne ~ Friday 7th August

Melbourne ~ Friday 4th September

Click here for the Terms and Conditions of booking

 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 the classroom

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

  • Graphs, digraphs, trigrpahs
  • 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
  • Students 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.  This complements the SMART Spelling course and goes further into specific for beginners.

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!

Ideally foundation teachers need both the SMART Spelling course (F-6) and SMART Foundation.

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Schools who have trained all of their staff

2020 (newest at top)

South Melbourne Park Primary School (Online)

Pearcedale Primary School, Vic (Face to face)

Broadmeadows Primary School, Vic (Face to face)

St James, Brighton East Vic (Face to face)

St Finbar's, Brighton Vic (Face to face)

Deepdene Primary School, Vic (Online)

Louth Public School, NSW (Online)

Seaford North Primary School, Vic (Online)

St Stephen's College, QLD (Online)

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)

Wee Waa Public School, NSW (Online)

Wanaaring 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)

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 Shephard 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



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