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 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 leaning.

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.  

Click on the dates below to book.

Term 4:

Melbourne ~ Friday 1st November

Melbourne ~ Monday 25th November

 2020 - school holidays

Melbourne ~ Friday 17th January

Melbourne ~ Monday 20th January

Term 1, 2020

Melbourne ~ Friday 21st February

Melbourne ~ Monday 24th February

Brisbane ~ Friday 28th February

Sydney ~ Wednesday 4th March

Adelaide ~ Wednesday 18th March

Melbourne ~ Friday 20th March

Melbourne ~ Monday 23rd March

Hobart ~ Friday 27th March

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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