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Virtual & In-Person Training

A variety of training sessions are available, both virtually and in-person with Clare Shivnan-Taylor, author of the Junior Learning Letters and Sounds DfE validated Phonics Programme.

You can book your preferred session through the BEST website at or send an email to

For booking the Whole School CPD Introductory Session or After School Twilight, please email Claire Shivnan-Taylor at

Online Zoom Session: Available at £50 per attendee. Recordings of the session are also available for an additional £50.

Face-to-Face Half Day Sessions: Local schools wishing to attend can book these sessions at £80. These are conducted at our local premises.

Whole School CPD Introductory Session: Schools can book a half day whole school CPD introductory session for £350.

After School Twilight: A 2-hour session after school is available at £250.

About Clare Shivnan-Taylor

Clare Shivnan-Taylor is a dedicated professional who has been part of the primary education sector for sixteen years. Her expertise spans the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1 (KS1).
As a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE), she specialises in Early Years and phonics. Clare has played a significant role in improving the quality and consistency of daily phonics and early reading across EYFS and KS1 in several primary schools in the Bury area. Currently, she serves as a school improvement lead in the Central Team of Christ Church Multi Academy Trust.

Phonics Training and Moderation

Over the past six years, Clare has been delivering Letters & Sounds 2007 Phase 1 – 6 Phonics training and has held the position of a phonics screening check moderator for Bury Local Authority since 2014.
She has successfully penned the Junior Learning Letters and Sounds DFE validated phonics programme and authored teaching planners ranging from Nursery Phase 1 to Year 2 Phase 6.

Teaching Philosophy and Passion

Passionate about teaching phonics and training both new and experienced teachers to enhance their practice, Clare has devoted several years to crafting planning for Junior Learning Letters and Sounds. Her motivation has always been to improve planning and teaching year on year, aiming for all children to make excellent progress in reading and writing.

Junior Learning Letters and Sounds Programme

The pedagogical approach of the programme is inclusive and supportive of all learners, particularly those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). With a whole class mixed ability approach, the programme is supplemented by additional catch-up sessions for those in need. Its extensive collection of decodable reading books from Phase 1 to Phase 6 can be matched to the child’s reading ability.

Success Stories

The Junior Learning Letters and Sounds programme has been well-received in many schools, and its impact has been impressive. For instance, Christ Church CE Primary School Bury has been consistently scoring high in the Year 1 phonics screening check since they began using the programme during the trial period, achieving 91% in 2023.


Despite its effectiveness, the Junior Learning Letters and Sounds programme is relatively inexpensive compared to its counterparts. Teachers’ planners range from £39.99 to £79.99, and schools can resource the programme with various supplementary resources at minimal costs.

Training Availability

Clare offers training for the programme through BEST Trust, which handles administrative needs, allowing her to remain focused on her daily work in education. The training is flexible to meet the needs of the school and staff, and she can provide personal CPD half-days and twilight sessions. Recordings of training sessions can also be purchased if training dates do not align with staff availability. All the Junior Learning Letters and Sounds training sessions are available at