We asked you to help us build a next-generation spelling program.

And you nailed it. Here’s what you told us:

Spelling IS NOT …

  • a fixed ability;
  • a genetic gift;
  • based solely on memorisation;
  • dependant on reading;
  • antiquated and unnecessary.

Spelling IS …

  • a skill that can be learned;
  • something that should be taught intentionally;
  • more than an act of memorisation;
  • a critical component of overall literacy.
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See How Teachers Shaped Readiwriter

We asked teachers all over the globe: What would make an online spelling program work for you?

You gave us answers – a lot of answers. So we went to work. We built, tested, tweaked, debated, got on each other’s nerves, asked more questions and kept building until we had something that we’re proud to show – the world’s first education program developed hand-in-hand with teachers (we think).

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Here’s what you told us about your spelling challenges:

“I’m not confident with spelling – we never learned this stuff when I was in school”

Most of us didn’t either – so we built in the tips that our Education Specialists gave the rest of the team. Every time you’re taking your students through a lesson, whether it’s about why ‘-tion’ makes a ‘shun’ sound, what kind of words use ‘ea’ instead of ‘ee’, and what on earth orthography is, you can teach your lessons with confidence knowing we’ve got your back. Every lesson comes with a brief summary to help you understand and teach spelling concepts without having to check your phone.

“I barely get the time to teach spelling in-depth, it’s such a small part of our literacy program”

We packed volumes of pedagogical might into Readiwriter Spelling. If you want to spend five hours every week training your students to be spelling masters, we’ve got everything you need. Or if you’re like 99% of teachers who have to weave time out of nothing, you can still help students develop a deep understanding of spelling through Readiwriter. Readiwriter was made for busy teachers to deliver quality spelling education in the time they have available.

“My students never maintain their spelling knowledge, it’s a waste of time”

Agreed – we want the time you spend on spelling to be meaningful. Readiwriter Spelling was designed to teach students spelling beyond weekly testing. Instead of ‘Friday’s Test, Monday’s Miss’, we’ve made spelling stick through a program that teaches students to recognise the patterns and rules that live in words, meaning we’re creating better spellers, not better test-takers.

“Just give me a program or word lists and leave me alone”

Done. Readiwriter holds 10,000 words, pre-built and customisable word lists, as well as list sets such as Dolch, OWL, Fry and NZCER. We built a spelling program you can open, find what you need, create what you can’t find, and have your students get on with it. As a bonus, students want to use Readiwriter by themselves, so you can set them learning layered in fun while you take care of the marking, reflect on lessons, or just take a breather.

“Spelling is boring. The kids hate it”

Spelling can be riotous. Outrageous. Fun. We know, because we made Readiwriter Spelling to teach spelling through gamified activities. Each activity is designed to engage students as it guides them through spelling concepts. Making learning fun is our bread and butter. You just wait to see what we do next.

Readiwriter Spelling makes the connection between spelling and communication

Readiwriter’s Teacher Features

Easy differentiation

Find and assign activities that provide meaningful challenge. Sorted into three levels, Readiwriter’s word lists provide a rich, shared class focus while allowing activities to be targeted at the right level for groups or individual students.

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Student and teacher personalisation

Edit and create your own lists using Readiwriter Spelling’s word bank of over 10,000 words, or create your own words to help students further develop their vocabulary.

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Targeted learning activities

Use pedagogically-driven spelling and vocabulary activities to target specific linguistic skills, develop students’ lexical stores, and enrich vocabulary knowledge.

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Live testing

Set live tests to assess your students’ pre-test and post-test results at the end of a spelling learning sequence and save time with automated marking and reporting.

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Student engagement

Captivate your students with pedagogically driven gamification activities like Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check, Syllable Sushi, Magic Boxes and more.

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Data and Reporting

Gather insights from student data to understand their strengths, struggles and where they need extra support and track student progress.

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“We had a go at the live spelling test yesterday and I thought it was brilliant! Almost exactly what I imagined when chatting to the developer and I think it has the potential to be an amazing spelling program to rival other schemes.”
Luke Craig, Britannia Village Primary School | ICT Leader

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Readiwriter Spelling program for primary schools
  • 10,000+ words

  • Dolch, OWL, Fry and NZCER word lists

  • Live testing

  • Automated marking