Tuesday 2 July 16:00 - 20:00

Centre for Literacy in Primary Education - CLPE
44 Webber Street

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The Tale of the Century


Teaching phonics, reading and writing, in England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, The USA, and the UK

There are two elements to the event, one is online and one is in person in London.

a. Hybrid International Seminar.

Teaching phonics, reading and writing, in England, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, The USA, and the UK.

Hybrid event online and at CLPE (London SE1 8QW). 16:00 to 17:30 UK time.

b. Book Launch.

Launch of ‘The Balancing Act: An evidence-based approach to teaching phonics, reading and writing’.

Physical event at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE. London SE1 8QW). 17:30 to 20:00 UK time.

Due to the popularity of this event we have reached the maximum event room capacity. There is now a waiting list sign up list. People registered here will receive details for completing their registration as places become available.


The physical book launch has a £30 fee for attendance. You should use this registration link if you are only joining us online(from 16:00 to 17:30). Online participation is free of charge.

Event organisers

This event is organised by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0 to 11 Years) (HHCP) and the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE).

At this international seminar we will hear about cutting edge research and practice informing the teaching of phonics, reading and writing. Keynote speakers will discuss the teaching of reading and writing from the perspective of the regions where they live and work. The seminar will conclude with a talk by Dominic Wyse (Institute of Education IOE, University College London UCL) and Charlotte Hacking (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) to launch their new book, The Balancing Act: An evidence-based approach to teaching phonics, reading and writing.

A particularly narrow synthetic phonics approach has increasingly come to dominate primary education policy in some regions of the world. Teachers and teacher educators have come under attack from some journalists and others about their teaching methods. It is loudly proclaimed that ‘The Science of Reading’ proves that synthetic phonics is the only way. But is this the true story, and is there a better way to help children learn to read? This event has some answers to these questions.


  • Young-Suk Grace Kim, Professor and the Senior Associate Dean, School of Education, University of California, Irvine, USA.
  • Hyejeong Ahn, Senior Lecturer (Languages and Literacies), Faculty of Education, The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Rachel Heydon, Professor of Curriculum Studies and Studies in Applied Linguistics, The University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • Rebecca Jesson, Associate Professor, University of Auckland, Australia
  • David Reedy, Past President and Executive Committee member UK Literacy Association
  • Dominic Wyse, Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education, IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society; Founding Director, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy (0 to 11 Years) (HHCP), UK
  • Charlotte Hacking, Learning and Programme Director, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), UK

Will you receive a Golden Ticket?

10 lucky recipients of a golden ticket will each receive the gift of a signed free copy of ‘The Balancing Act: An Evidence-Based Approach to Teaching Phonics, Reading and Writing’ by Dominic Wyse and Charlotte Hacking, published by Routledge.

Book order: You can use this link to order a copy of the book.

Book purchase discount: 25% for purchase orders made on Routledge website between 1st June and 31st December 2024.

Refund policy

Eventbrite’s refund policy states that by default, fees are not refunded on orders. This means that the attendee will receive a refund for the amount they paid minus the Eventbrite fees. There are a couple exceptions:

• If the refund is made before the charge has settled (usually within 24 hours), the original charge will be completely voided.

• If the refund reason is "COVID-19", "Duplicate order", or "Event cancelled or postponed", the fees will be refunded as well.

When the Eventbrite fees are charged to a £30 cancelled-ticket order, the buyer would receive £28.05 refund. Requests for refunds will be processed up to 30 days before the event starts and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Requests for refunds can be emailed to [email protected]. We are aiming to respond to refund requests within 7 days.

The refund will return to the attendee's original payment method within 5-7 business days. If the refund goes to a cancelled or expired card, the attendee may need to contact their bank or credit card company for help.


Please contact [email protected] if you have any queries.

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