Getting all children

to read well,



 “The consistency in the lessons, with the repetition and practice, have contributed to our highest phonics screen ever with 96% passing.

However, the biggest success has been listening to the children's enthusiasm, and seeing the high engagement with their phonics lessons and subsequently with their reading.”

L Rimmer, Deputy Head Teacher
Edlesborough Primary School

The Knowledge Schools Trust are proud to present

Essential Letters and Sounds

We are incredibly proud to present Essential Letters and Sounds,

a programme that has been in development over the last 18 months,

based on our aim that every child will learn to read and love to read.

What subscriptions do you need?

There are two subscriptions needed to follow ELS in your school:

1. ELS Teaching Subscription- available to purchase through Oxford University Press which  includes; "Getting Started" materials, ELS Handbook, Lesson Plans and Interactive Whiteboards for every lesson.

2. ELS Training Subscription- available through this website, providing comprehensive online training for all staff on how to deliver ELS within your school. This subscription also includes your online phonics assessment tracking tool.

The ELS Elements


Whole School Training


Complete Handbook


Planning for Every Lesson


Decodable Texts

whiteboard resource

Interactive Whiteboards for Every Lesson


Online Assessment Tracker


Apply Workbooks


Physical Resources

Are you part of a Trust or Federation?

We are delighted to be able to offer discounts to schools joining along with other schools in their trust or federation. 

Get in touch to find out more

  • ELS: Essential Information Session
    Wed, 03 Nov
    Virtual Event
    03 Nov, 10:00 – 11:00
    Virtual Event
  • ELS: Essential Information Session
    Thu, 11 Nov
    Virtual Event
    11 Nov, 19:30 – 20:30 GMT
    Virtual Event
  • ELS: Essential Information Session
    Wed, 20 Oct
    Virtual Event
    20 Oct, 10:00 – 11:00
    Virtual Event

Upcoming ELS Information Sessions


“…it has been amazing to witness the joy on the children's faces as the Phonics flips load on screen and to hear words of excitement and the expression of joy from 'I love Phonics' to 'yay!' come from the children themselves.”

H Stevens, Class Teacher

Essential Letters and Sounds

Knowledge Schools Trust

West London Free School Primary

Cambridge Grove, Hammersmith,

W6 0LB


0208 741 9967