Schools & Colleges

    Supporting teachers, staff and students.

    Working with Students

    Classrooms are busy places full of students with different abilities when it comes to reading and spelling.

    Units of Sound is a an opportunity for everyone to improve their literacy through a multi-sensory service that support reading, writing and memory development.


    Independent Learning

    As Units of Sound is mainly independent computer work, making it perfect for group work.

    This means one tutor can run a group, with each student working at different levels in reading and spelling. As there is no lesson preparation, there is more time to provide extra support to students who need it more.

    Now Units of Sound is online, it can be set as homework, as long as students have internet access at home. This means they will progress more quickly through the programme.
    You’ll need a computer and a good quality headset with microphone for each student in the group, and internet access.

    Running groups  

    Schools and colleges can run the groups to fit in with the time and staff they have available. You may be able to run short 30 minute sessions a few times a week, or longer sessions once a week.

    One staff member, who has completed the online practitioner’s course, can work with a group of six students. You may prefer smaller groups if the students’ literacy challenges are quite severe, to give time for 1:1 teaching within the lesson, or if students have behavioural difficulties.

    Types of Group  

    Duration: 20 mins
    For primary schools, little and often may work best – 20 minute sessions a few times a week for example. One staff member could work with a group of five or six students, or you could timetable two teachers/ teaching assistants to work with a larger group.
    Duration: 30 mins
    You could run short 30 minute sessions a few times a week, or longer sessions once a week and set independent work at home. Group sizes may depend on the level and needs of the students.
    Duration: 30-40 mins
    For students who cannot access Units of Sound at home, an after school ‘Catch Up Club’ can work really well. Students could work for 30-40mins once or twice a week on Units of Sound supported by either a member of staff or volunteers.

    Duration of use  

    This will depend on the individual student’s needs, year group and timetabling. Schools use Units of Sound in many ways, from intensive work on severe literacy needs to a booster for spelling before leaving for secondary school.

    Monitoring Progress  

    You can monitor the learner’s reading through Reading Check, which will give you a thorough oversight of a student’s word reading, sound recognition, reading fluency and comprehension. Spelling, Memory and Dictation are all monitored by the programme, with mini tests on most pages. All the scores are logged in the Records section in the Tutor area, so you can easily see how each student is doing.


    For all tutors there is a Practitioner’s Course that gets you up and running with your students on Units of Sound as quickly and smoothly as possible. If you or the student gets stuck, there are Screen tutors built into the programme to demonstrate each activity with a short video. The Units of Sound Help Site also gives you easy access to anything you need to know.