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Fitzroy Method: Mastering the Essentials

Date: TBA


Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm AEDT with a 45 minute lunch break. There will also be several short breaks throughout the day to keep things fresh.

APST 1.5, APST 2.1, APST 2.5

Mastering the Essentials provides information and specific details on how to get the most out of our celebrated Fitzroy Readers Program. You will learn the fundamental principles behind phonics based learning using a system of decodeable readers and supporting materials. This means that you will never be short of ideas, no matter what educational environment you work in.

Areas covered include:

  • Phonics: From the basics to the tricks and traps – including the things you may not know but need to.
  • System and Structure: Why phonics is so successful. How to create a course that guarantees reading and writing success.
  • First Letters: How to build letter-reading and -writing confidence and achieve long-term memory retention.
  • Word Formation: Moving from letters to words. How to use games to accelerate reading and writing skills.
  • Phonics in the Classroom: The dos and don’ts. Why phonics classes require phonics teaching methods.
  • The Fitzroy Method: Specific tips for getting the most out of our literacy range, with emphasis on the first 40 Readers.
  • The Psychology of a Classroom: Why some students struggle with any system and what to do about it.
  • Evaluating Students: Tips for finding and correcting learning difficulties.

Course Details

The presentation will commence at 9:00am AEDT and run until 3:30pm, with a 45-min break for lunch. There will also be several short breaks throughout the day to keep things fresh. All participants will receive course notes prior to the day, a personalised digital certificate at the end of the course, and free access to the online modules. (Note: the online Advanced Training course has 50% different course content to the in-house Writing Course.)

To secure your place, please make payment 1 week prior to the course date (30 day invoices do not apply). Cancelled places will be offered to those on the waiting list if payment is not received.

Please advise us if you’re unable to attend the course no later than 72 hours before the date, to receive a full refund. Cancellations made within the preceding 72 hours of the PD will not be refunded, unless there are genuine extenuating circumstances.

Certificates will be sent to all attendees after attending the full days’ training.

Course Presenter:

Jeremy O'Carroll has been the Fitzroy Method Director of Training for the past 10 years and has trained teachers and parents in many countries around the world, including Australia, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, India, Malaysia and Thailand. He is the author of the Fitzroy Readers 11x-20x, The Fitzroy Method Teacher’s Guide and novels Full Speed, The Slob's Guide to the Perfect Job, The Call of the Silver Cockatoo and Dream Divers (soon-to-be-published). He has also lectured and tutored at the University of Melbourne.