A Whole School Approach

I have been looking for a GOOD whole school approach to spelling for a long time.  Once I had done Michelle's SMART Spelling PD I just had to get it for the whole school.  Her presentation is VERY engaging, and we learnt so much about how language works and how to teach this to all children.  SMART Spelling covers all the bases.  It is inclusive, differentiated and finally we have spelling rules that make sense!

Ree Rogan, Barwon Heads Primary School

$187 per person

Each person gets 3 things:

1.  To do the course with Michelle

2.  A copy of the SMART Spelling manual each ($88 retail)

3.  Access to the online follow up for 12 months ($49 retail)

There is a minimum charge of 40 participants to have Michelle come in person to your school.  You may have people from other schools to make up the numbers, if you wish.

Travel charges from Melbourne are additional. 

Please email Freddy for a quote for your school’s consideration. 

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$187 per person

Each person gets 3 things:

1.  Access to the video course for 1 month ($149 retail)

2.  A copy of the SMART Spelling manual each ($88 retail)

3.  Access to the online follow up for 12 months ($49 retail)

There are no minimum numbers for this package, but it's only available once at this price, for schools who order it for all of their classroom teachers in one order.  Otherwise it is $149 per head for the course and $88 per manual, if you are just training some of your teachers.

To order, please email Freddy in our office.

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The online follow up has:

*10 short videos on specific topics

*10 quizzes with feedback

*Comment boxes to type in questions that Michelle answers.  

Access to the follow up is for 12 months, to develop mastery and confidence!


"We cannot praise the online SMART spelling course enough! The videos were clear, informative and the most fantastic part was re-watching certain clips to really master the information that was presented. It has been a terrific platform which we would highly recommend to other schools."

Mary Swoffer, Head of Junior School, Cobram Anglican Grammar

Kialla Central Primary School is moving into our third year of implementing the SMART Spelling Approach.  Our staff have found a new passion for teaching spelling. It is practical way to teach spelling and it just makes sense!  Our students talk the talk, walk the walk & are transferring it to their writing, reading and across other curriculum areas.  We are massive fans of Michelle, her work and generosity in sharing her resources!  Thanks Michelle! 
Debbie Humphries, Principal, Kialla Central Primary School

Lemnos is a small school of 9 students who all have social and emotional needs, we have a high indigenous population and our kids were very reluctant writers. It was to the point where writing sessions would be a trigger for meltdowns for a lot of our kids. So much has changed as a result of Smart Spelling and our students are having a go at writing and producing written work! We made a class book the other day, it was so exciting! I truly believe that this is due to their increased confidence since they have begun your program.

Robyn Niclasen, Lemnos Primary School

 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 stated 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

 The SMART spelling online course is extremely informative and engaging. You are able to work through the course at your own pace, as it is broken into 14 short video segments which are supported by clear notes. Not only does this training improve your professional knowledge and understanding of teaching spelling, but it provides you with excellent practical lessons, strategies and ideas that you can use in your classroom straight away. No longer is spelling seen as a never-ending list of rules and exceptions for both you and your students to learn.

Jude Griffiths, Singapore

At St. Joseph's we have a whole school approach to spelling. All our teachers and learning support have been trained with Michelle to make a whole school impact on our spelling, reading and writing results. All our children have an understanding of the process each week that goes on in spelling sessions. The how to teach the words has made a huge impact on our learners. We have noticed a massive difference to our learners with their spelling using SMART spelling. 

Lucy Keath, Principal, St Joseph's Cobram

At California Gully P.S. back In 2016 the school was in desperate need of/for a common understanding and language around spelling and a whole school approach. Two teachers had an opportunity to attend Michelle’s PD in November of that year. Both teachers came back from the professional learning opportunity excited at what they saw as a logical and sequential spelling program. As a result I booked Michelle to present the SMART Spelling approach to the entire staff in March of 2017. Following the professional development staff were 100% committed to following the SMART Spelling approach and the spelling results are steadily increasing. The SMART Spelling approach is not only limited to teaching and enhancing spelling skills. It has had a great impact on the student’s oral language skills and in turn their writing. The grade F-6 teachers found the SMART Spelling approach efficient in its routines, vocabulary, rules and implementation. The word lists provided a range from simple to more complex words (green, orange, red). This enables the learning focus (graph, diagraph, trigraph etc) to be the same for the whole class, while differentiating the lists for students of differing abilities.  I have now moved schools and with similar needs at Huntly Primary School have started implementing the SMART Spelling approach across the school, as the evidence of its success at my previous school cannot be disputed.

 Jason Lee, Principal, Huntly Primary School

Our school has instituted the SMART Spelling programme for the past two years and have found it to be very beneficial. Testimonials from teachers are always available, but the viewpoint of administration with new programmes may be of benefit. As a leader, it is exciting to see teachers empowered to adequately cater for all ability levels of their students. The programme is school wide, so handovers at the end of the year are easily understood and the students may begin the new year from where they left off. Because it is so teacher friendly, staff have found it easy to implement. Finally, my personal favourite is that spelling rules are still explicitly taught – the children are not expected to learn by osmosis. Yes, I am very happy with this programme.

Bruce Horman, Head of Junior School, Covenant College Geelong

Schools who have done whole school training


Dingley PS

School of the Good Shepherd

St Joesph's, Warragul

Katandra West Primary School (Video Course)

Binnaway Public School, NSW (Video Course)

Spreyton Primary School, Tasmania (Video Course)

Holy Family, Mount Waverley (Video Course)

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Newborough (Video Course)

Nazareth PS, Grovedale (Video Course)

Binalong Public School, NSW (Video Course)

Glenwood Public School, NSW (Video Course)

Pinewood Primary School

Moree East PS, NSW

St Bernard's, Bacchus Marsh (Video Course)

Lockwood Primary School (Video Course)

St Francis of the Field, Strathfieldsaye

Moama Public School, NSW (Video Course)

Heany Park Primary School

Selby Primary School

Woorabinda State School, QLD (Video Course)

Kalista Primary School

Hebersham Public School, NSW

Williamstown Primary School

Bellbrae PS

St Paul's, Coburg (Video Course)

St Paul's Primary School, Bentleigh

Rosemeadow Public School, NSW (Video Course)

Ivanhoe Grammar (Video Course)

Gagebrook Primary School, Tas (Video Course)

St Francis of Assisi, Mill Park

St Mary's, St Kilda East

Aspendale Gardens Primary School

Echuca Specialist School

Rochester Primary School (Video Course)

St Brendan's, Flemington (Video Course)

Loreto Normanhust, NSW (Video Course)

St Mary's Bellingen, NSW (Video Course)

Caulfield Junior College

Footscray City PS

St Brigid's, Gisborne (Video Course)

Elwood Primary School

St Brigid's New Norfolk, Tas  (Video Course)

Toorak College (Video Course)

Echuca Primary School

St Peter's, Keilor East

St Mary's, Whittlesea

Sacred Heart, Kew

St Cecilia's Glen Iris

Mount Eliza North PS (Video Course)

St Michael's Traralgon  (Video Course)

Mallacoota P-12 College (Video Course)

Wideview Public School, NSW (Video Course)

Sacred Heart Diamond Creek (Video Course)

St Mary's Rutherglen (Video Course)

John Paul II, Hobart Tasmania

Kurrajong Public School, NSW (Video Course)

Greenwell Point Public School, NSW (Video Course)

Werrimull Primary School (Video Course)

Carrathool Public School, NSW (Video Course)

Rockhampton Girls Grammar School, QLD (Video Course)

Puckapunyal Primary School (Video Course)

Humpty Doo Primary Northern Territory (Video Course)

St Anne's, North Albury, NSW

Greenwell Point PS, NSW (Video Course)

Birmingham PS

Billanook Primary School

St Kilian's Bendigo

Lutheran School, Wagga Wagga, NSW (Video Course)

Gippsland Grammar, Sale (Video Course)

Sacred Heart School, Corryong (Video Course)

Marlborough Primary School (Video Course)

Somers Primary School (Video Course)

Boggabri Public School, NSW (Video Course)

St Michael's Deniliquin NSW

St Francis Tannum Sands, QLD (Video Course)

 Prince of Peace, QLD

Exeter Public School, NSW (Video Course)

Sacre Coeur, Glen Iris (Video Course)

St Peter Chanel Primary School (Video Course)

Carrathool Public School, NSW (Video Course)

Curlewis Public School, NSW (Video Course)

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Warialda Public School, NSW

Southern Cross Grammar

Mathoura Public School, NSW (Video Course)

Holy Rosary, White Hills

Mentone Grammar

St Mary's, Malvern East

St John Bosco, Niddrie

St Oliver Plunkett, Pascoe Vale

Concongella Primary School (Video Course)

Delungra Public School, NSW (Video Course)

Belgrave Christian School (Video Course)

St Anthony's, Lara (Video Course)

The Geelong College

Hohidiai School, Indonesia (Video Course)

Eltham East Primary School (Video Course)

St Arnaud Primary School

Echuca Twin Rivers School

Lloyd Street PS, Malvern East

Bethesda International Christian School, Moldova (Video Course)

Grandchester State School Queensland (Video Course)

Alexandra Primary School (Video Course)

Westbourne Park Primary School, South Australia (Video Course)

Good Shepherd Wheelers Hill

St Patrick's Albury, NSW

John Palmer Public School, NSW

Cobram Anglican Grammar School (Video Course)

St Thomas More, Hadfield

Emmaus Catholic Primary School, Sydenham

Guthrie Street Primary School, Shepparton

Leitchville Primary School

Castlemaine Primary School

Eastside Lutheran College, Hobart, TAS

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St Mary's Greensborough

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Murrumbeena Primary School

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St Gabriel's Traralgon

St Clare's Truganina

Lowther Hall

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Huntly Primary School

St Liborius, Eaglehawke

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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

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Southmoor Primary School

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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

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Victory Christian College, Bendigo

Nunawading Christian School

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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


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Covenant College Geelong

St John’s Preston

Chario Christian Pakenham

Lightning Reef Primary School

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Gardenvale Primary School

Flowerdale Primary School

Euroa Primary School

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Kialla Central Primary School

Ilim College

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Yea Primary School

Yarra Valley Grammar

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St Carlo Borromeo

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Carey Donvale

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Avenel Primary School

Adass Israel

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St Columba’s, Ballarat

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The Scots School, NSW


Oxley College

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Westbourne Grammar School

St Thomas More, Ballarat

St Alipius, Ballarat

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Glenroy Private

Our lady Help of Christians, Warrnambool

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St Paul’s Anglican Grammar

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Cranbourne Park Primary School

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St Augustine’s, Maryborough

Ballarat Christian College

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Casey Grammar School, Cranbourne



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