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.


Book easily online and pay using either a credit card or a purchase order number from a school.  

A tax invoice will be emailed within 24 hours.

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

Face to face course

$330 per person

Price includes a SMART Spelling manual (retail $88) and catering.  9:30 – 3:30 

Our lovely city venue is a 6 minute walk from Southern Cross Station or only 3 minutes from Flagstaff Station. We also start at 9:30 to help with travel time!

Click on the dates below to book.

Melbourne City ~ October 31st 

Melbourne City ~ November 26th 

Melbourne City ~ Jan 21st *Holidays* 

Melbourne City ~ Jan 23rd *Holidays* 

Melbourne City ~ Feb 11th

Melbourne City ~ Feb 27th

Melbourne City ~ March 8th*  Long weekend - perfect for school closures!

Melbourne City ~ April 5th*  Last day of term - perfect for school closures!

Click here if you are interested in having a course at your own school.

Video Course

$149 per person

14 digestible videos full of practical content that comes with 48 pages of comprehensive notes to print out!

A total of 2.5 hours of video content that will take a whole school day to complete thoroughly and you have access for a month from the date of purchase.

Click on the red button below to buy.

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.

Click here if you are interested in the discount when whole schools are trained with the video course.

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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 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

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



My favourite thing about the SMART Spelling Approach is how it really ‘lets kids in on the secret’. The explicit nature of the approach doesn’t shy away from using correct terminology with even the youngest of learners and empowers them to see themselves as capable and confident, readers, writers and spellers. I also love how whilst it is explicit and direct the weekly study approach provides the opportunity for word and spelling inquiry to also support an inquiry based philosophy to teaching and learning. After completing this course I am left feeling inspired and invigorated to start using this approach in my classroom. Thank you Michelle.

Maddison Cooper, Singapore



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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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