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Recommendation of TRUGS for 'Springboard'

We’ve been using TRUGS here at Chiddingstone Church of England Primary School in Kent for two years now and it has become a very effective intervention. We have purchased boxes 1,2 and 3 as well as the tricky words boxes 1 and 2 and the box zero for early years foundation stage. At Chiddingstone we identify the pupils who are falling behind in their reading skills and use TRUGS on our provision mapping for these pupils for a 6 week period, three times a week.

The great thing about TRUGS is that our parents love it too and many have invested in TRUGS at home so they can reinforce the work we are doing with their children at school.

The three main boxes of TRUGS consist of 5 stages in each box, so 15 stages in all. We use box one for the year one and two pupils, box two for years three and four and box three for years five and six. Box zero is great for foundation stage pupils to reinforce their phase two phonics work and support any pupils who are falling behind.

TRUGS is fun as well as challenging and provides an ideal intervention for small groups of pupils to boost their understanding and confidence with decoding words. The four games in each stage also promote good turn taking, language and memory skills.

TRUGS is good value for money as it can also be used to extend the skills of our gifted and talented pupils.

I would thoroughly recommend TRUGS knowing the fun that all our pupils have with this great phonic intervention.

Gill Howard


Chiddingstone Church of England Primary School

trugs- Shortlisted for ERA 2013 award!

We are delighted to announce that the trugs products have been short-listed in the Best Special Education Resource or Equipment – non ICT category of the ERA Awards.

Western Morning News - Joanna sees her passion for reading get royal seal of approval

Joanna has appeared in the Western Morning News on Thursday 16th August 2012. The article describes Joanna's ambitions, her journey and her business but primarily it announces her recent award of an MBE on the Queens Birthday Honours List.

You can read the full article on the 'This is Devon' website by clicking here.

National Newspaper News Flash

14th January 2012 was mentioned this weekend in the Weekend section (p12) of the Daily Telegraph – see The HeadMastersVoice Q&A column.

The Question was to do with wanting to help children learn to read. The Answer gave various information and it concluded with ....... "A good place to start would be".

We are now on Facebook!

September 2011

We now have a facebook page where we will keep you updated with the latest news!



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What you think of us!

The trugs games are working superbly well and one young person has gained 3.3 years in 3 months with their vocabulary age.

Jason Marper-Keddy, Nottingham

January 2017