Testimonials

Primary

Trugs is the most motivational resource I've come across in recent years covering all age ranges.

From a specialist teacher in the Midlands

October 2016


I am emailing about trugs PICS with our Deaf Inclusion Worker, thinking that it will be a great way to give visual support for reading. 

I've already introduced him to trugs 0, Stage 1, Tricky Words etc. for two pupils he supports in Literacy Skills and all 3 are addicted!  

I overheard one of the boys recently say, "I love trugs. I want to play it all day and all night."

On that cheerful note (a reminder of the joy you bring to us!), I'll sign off.

Linda, Denbury School

July 2016


I love using Trugs with my students! I do one-to-one tutoring with students with dyslexia. Just this morning an 11 year old boy came to my session very grumpy and uncooperative. I got out a Trugs game and just after one round of Guess It he was more engaged! He had been reading ....he knew that and I knew that but it was less pressure, achievable and engaging.

Lynley Read, tutor, Christchurch, New Zealand.

30th June 2015


Re trugs Training:

Thank you for visiting us - and for the follow up PP info.  We’ve had lots of positive comments about the session and the materials… I don’t think I can remember a ‘games’ resource quite hitting the mark the way Trugs clearly has with us.

Richard Gambier, Headteacher, Marlborough School, Cornwall.

13th May 2015


The TRUGS training provided by Joanna has enabled all staff to see a whole new approach to teaching reading that can be used from Foundation to Year 6 and beyond - it has got us all thinking - -TRUGS are not just for interventions! Not only that but it was great fun and staff didn't want to stop playing themselves! Have ordered all of the resources and cannot wait to implement across both of my schools.

Jane Byrne. Executive Headteacher of the Beacon Federation

17th April 2015


Thanks for a brilliant resource - all my students enjoy playing it.

Lyn Wells. Specialist dyslexia tutor/assessor

25th March 2015


A colleague and I went to the Special Needs Exhibition in Islington. We were looking for resources to support our work in a special school for pupils with dyslexia. dyspraxia and autistic spectrum disorders. We came across Trugs which was demonstrated to us and we were surprised at how quickly we saw the value of the structured system and more importantly how much we enjoyed playing the games. We bought a box to take home. We treated ourselves to supper and the theatre catching the last train home. To pass the journey we opened the Trugs and played the games at the different levels to further familiarise ourselves. We were so engrossed in playing the games that we missed our station which resulted in a long walk to find a taxi to return us to our car arriving home very late. I have used Trugs both in the classroom and in the Boarding House and it remains my favourite resource. Some of my pupils used to ask if we could play Trugs as soon as they entered the room!

Jane Sage, Specialist teacher.

19th March 2015


I am an OT and a Dyslexia Assessor/Tutor and I love the Trugs games. I have been following the development of your wonderful Trugs games and the website over the last couple of years and you are continuing to be very creative in all you do. You are a real inspiration providing such brilliant games which are rooted in the teaching that the children and young people are experiencing. Thank you.

Sarah Deakin. Worcestershire.

6th March 2015


I just wanted to let you know that the kids are enjoying the trugs Boxes and we had a little Christmas miracle when my I saw my most disengaged student helping another with a CCVC word, using decoding skills that I had taught in the classroom. One of those too few moments of pride we get in a classroom nowadays! These trugs Boxes seem to be working great so far! I work in a local school with ESL students so these types of activities make a great reinforcement tool.

Roy Ford, Primary Teacher, Hong Kong.

10th January 2015


I just want to email you and say how much Trugs is contributing to my work as a private dyslexia tutor based in Ivybridge in the  South Hams, so not far from yourself!  I am getting so much mileage out of the 3 boxes that I have invested in that it is a working lifetime’s journey of discovery!   The boxes makes my sessions all the happier because all my kids love them. Although it was a major investment for me( I bought the full boxes as I had used them in my previous job before I took the leap into tutoring )  it has been well worth it!

Thanks Joanna! 

Mandy Archer, Tutor


Dear Joanna,        

A huge thank you once again for delivering a truly inspiring and informative training session with us on Monday. All staff are extremely enthused about the whole TRUGS package and are keen to start using it. Everyone can see how this is going to completely transform our phonics intervention work (and how useful and easy it will be for all staff to use) and we are confident the children are going to absolutely love it. We are very excited to get started and are dedicating our next staff meeting to discussing how best to implement TRUGS across the school, to use it to maximum effect with a view to 'rolling out' the programme the following week.

Many thanks again and we look forward to displaying our framed certificate with pride!

Best wishes,

Mrs Charlotte Daynes

8th January 2014


I am finding the trugs materials very useful in my post as specialist teacher in a primary school for pupils with very challenging behaviour.  They enjoy the games very much indeed.

 

Specialist Teacher

26th November 2013


I recently bought some of your games for my dyslexia centre. I am writing to tell you that they are a real hit with my pupils. So simple but so effective. Thank you so much.

Kind Regards

Julie Hancock North Staffs IDL Dyslexia Centre

12th November 2013


At last! We have an extremely effective and thoroughly enjoyable means of teaching children to read.  In all honesty, pupils are fully engaged in learning to read – without knowing so.  A second-to-none phonics resource.

 

Mr G Lucas. Deputy Head YGG Llyn y Forwyn

23rd October 2013


The presentation from Joanna was fun and informative - she empathised with our parents and helped them understand how they could help their children learn to read in an exciting and non-threatening way which would therefore help them build a better reading relationship with their children. Of particular interest to some parents was the fact that by teaching 'decoding' in a fun way the children would then become more fluent when reading real text. They were also impressed at the high level that could be achieved by reaching the end of box 3 - access to words at university level. The group enjoyed learning how to play the games and getting other ideas for getting their children to enjoy books. There was no hard sell yet the value of the boxes was clear to all! As a school we were pleased to host this event so parentscould see how to complement their child's learning at school with reading activities at home. It was great to see a room full of parents having fun playing the card games and other activities that we knew they would then share with their children. Highly recommended! 

 

Kate Bodle Literacy Co-ordinator

20th October 2013


I started using your games for the first time this week and the children I teach love them.  I work 1:1 with children who are in care, many of whom have had poor experiences of education and also have specific learning difficulties. They are also mostly boys who are disaffected with reading.

I just wanted to let you know that I am really glad that I made the decision to buy them.

Kind regards

JW, teacher

3rd October 2013


Dear Joanna

Thank you so much for coming on Thursday to give us such a wonderful and informative talk,your enthusiasm and passion gave it all an extra edge.As I said at the beginning of the evening Trugs doesn't really need a huge amount of selling.  I loved the evening as I was able to really listen to the talk (due to the extra committee members) but I really enjoyed meeting you and picking up some useful teaching tips.  I hope you had a good trip home and have had the chance to collapse in a heap after your mad week.

Many thanks once again

Nicky Williams West Kent Dyslexia Association.

23rd July 2013


Overview of Research Completed: February 2012

As my research project shows, TRUGs clearly work to engage pupils (of all reading abilities) in reading. The reason I think TRUGs is so successful is the game element - all children love the competitiveness. They are suitable not only for emerging or struggling readers, but also for those children who are gifted readers, in that they are an excellent tool in developing vocabulary.

I also advocate the use of TRUGs in classrooms when guided reading is taking place; this is a daily activity and invariably a teacher will have 4 to 5 groups to cater for. With only one TA it is only possible to have two adult guided groups, therefore, you need to have vauable reading activities and TRUGs fit s this requirement. I have often come across teahers using 'holding' activities which are of low learning value as it can be sometimes difficult to find actvities that the children can do independently.

We have also developed some TRUGs leaders in the school, where gifted/more able readers, can still play the game with developing readers, as they have the knowledge that the other children are reading the word correctly. This works wonders - the more able children love the responsibility of 'leading' the group while the less able still have a chance to 'beat' or win a game against a more able reader - genius!

The Trciky word boxes are ideal for truggling readers but also brilliant for Reception - this is why I believe TRUGs is an excellent resource to use across the Primary age range. It is not possible to learn Tricky words phonetically, therefore it is just practice and repetitive exposure to the words that enable children to learn them. I think that is why you had so many orders from our Reception and Year 1 parents.

I would totally endorse TRUGs as a remarkable learning resource - there is nothing else quite like it (not that I've come across anyway).

 

Claire Henning. St John’s Primary School 12.01.13

12th January 2013


Overview of Research Completed: March 2012

 

Reading is a key priority for the school, and a proportion of our Pupil Premium funding has been allocated to raise standards in this area. The school has adopted the Read, Write Inc (Ruth Miskin, 2006) approach to teaching phonics which has had huge impact on standards, however on hearing about the trugs resource, we were keen to trial this multi sensory approach to phonics teaching.

A small trial was conducted to test the impact of trugs. Two groups of six pupils were selected based on their scores in a recent phonics assessment. These groups consisted of the lowest scoring Year 3 pupils. The experimental group was given three twenty minute ‘trug’ sessions per week for 18 weeks, in addition to their daily fifteen minute Read, Write Inc (Ruth Miskin, 2006) sessions. The other six pupils acted as a control group, and only took part in daily fifteen minute Read, Write Inc (Ruth Miskin, 2006) sessions.

The pupils very quickly became engaged by the resource, and looked forward to their next session. Many of the parents bought the resource to use at home, because they recognized the impact that trugs had had on their child’s reading. The games also strengthen the children’s ability to recall facts, and improved their social and communication skills. This was particularly evident for pupils with Autism who took part in the trial. Our school also has a high proportion of pupils with English as an additional language (40%); and the resource proved to be very effective at supporting these pupils who are still developing their understanding of the English language.

Importantly, the miscue analysis resources ensured that the school could carefully measure and track pupil progress in a manageable and time efficient manner.

Results indicated that reading accuracy improved in the experimental group. The mean entry score for the experimental group was 81/300 and the mean exit score was 146/300, showing an average improvement of 65.

The resource is now used systematically throughout the school as a reading intervention and continues to have a positive impact.

 

Ellie Rees Deputy Head and SENCO. 10/1/13

10th January 2013


The Wonder of TRUGS in the Primary School

As a Learning Needs Support Teacher working in a variety of Primary Schools, I have been using TRUGS for the past year as a valuable resource in the teaching of reading with individuals and with small groups of children throughout the primary school age range. Witnessing the success and the motivation of the children using them, many schools I have worked in have now purchased sets to use both as a mainstream and a special needs resource. TRUGS supports the learning of synthetic phonics and the children can’t wait to learn new letter patterns so that they can play the TRUGs game that supports those letter patterns. Every child I’ve worked with is motivated to use their increasing knowledge of letter sounds as they play the four games, and TRUGS is a fantastic way to allow them to overlearn those letter patterns in an enjoyable way. Even the most disillusioned reader is suddenly motivated to read the words to try to win one of the games and is happy to use the same sets of cards again and again. All 15 stages use the same four games so the children become very familiar with the rules and confident in playing the games. This is a really innovative resource that I would recommend to every primary school to enhance their teaching and learning of synthetic phonics, enabling the children to practise reading in the most enjoyable way. I have also recommended the ‘TRUGS at Home’ boxes to parents who want to support their children’s learning and reading. Parents and children love them and the ‘chore’ of listening to a disinterested child read at home has disappeared!

 

 

Rosemary Waltham-Hier. 09.01.13

9th January 2013


I first met Joanna at the SEN Education show held in Islington in 2010 and purchased boxes 1, 2 and 3 of the TRUGS. I arranged for Joanna to do a presentation at Chiddingstone Primary school where I work as the SENco. Her presentation to parents and colleagues from Chiddingstone and other nearby schools was brilliant and most of those who attended bought a box of TRUGS. Joanna then spent a happy afternoon with various groups of children in the school, teaching them how to play trugs, at no cost for the day.

Since that occasion, there has been a constant demand of more TRUGS ordered by the parents as more and more of them realise what a brilliant resource it is.

The provision mapping which I am required to do for all pupils who need additional support, now includes the use of TRUGS in our school and in each class from class 1 to class 6 (5-11 year olds) there is a group of pupils who benefit from TRUGS in order to increase their awareness of spelling patterns and improve their reading.

Many parents of the pupils at Chiddingstone come to the school once a week to help small groups of pupils with TRUGS in order that the pupils play it at least 3 times a week. Teaching assistants also use the resource and a local secondary school sends a group of year 11 pupils to our school once a week, who also use TRUGS to support our pupils. I have recently purchased box zero for our Reception class to support their learning of the sounds that each letter makes. They are enjoying using the resource already and it will enable them to start class 1 already knowing the rules of each game. I am truly delighted with TRUGS as it has broadened the awareness of phonic teaching in the school and especially in key stage 2 where it can be overlooked.

 

Gill Howard, SENCO, Chiddingstone Primary School. 08.01.13

8th January 2013


My job, as a literacy consultant, involves providing expert advice to teachers and parents about the most effective ways to support children in learning to read and write. My specialism is Synthetic Phonics teaching and learning, and one of the key messages I deliver is that teachers must ‘strip back’ their teaching to evaluate whether the activities they use are the most ‘fit for purpose’ they can be in efficiently moving children’s skills forwards.

Trugs is an ideal product to demonstrate to teachers that a fun, engaging activity for learners can be focussed and straightforward in its presentation. Its simplicity is its beauty and its success. Jim Rose warned the teaching profession that activities must not be ‘extraneous’ (Rose Review 2006), meaning that fun games and activities should not be too far removed from the very core, precise and necessary teaching and learning involved in the reading process. Trugs provides learners the opportunity to practise the core knowledge and skills involved in the technical process of reading but also provides invaluable opportunity for learners to develop vital comprehension skills, both at word and sentence level. When I recommend trugs to schools - teachers and teaching assistants are thrilled to find out easy the games are to understand and manage.

This ‘ease of use’ transfers to the parents when schools are able to recommend the trugs at home boxes which reinforce classroom learning in the home environment. I have used the trugs boxes with children of varying ages and ability in private tutoring so I know that children adore playing the games and have made substantial progress as a result. There are many less obvious benefits that trugs bring to learners development and experience in learning – interaction and conversation with the other party in the game has led to progression in attitude, speaking and listening skills, social skills e.g. turn taking as well as the increased reading and writing abilities noted.

Assessing the content of trugs in my professional capacity I know that they have been specifically tailored to ensure adherence to the stringent DfE criteria required by Synthetic Phonics resources – demonstrated by inclusion in the espo catalogue.

In my opinion trugs is an extremely cost effective option to guarantee high quality support at whole class, 1:1, intervention and mainstream levels.

I wholeheartedly recommend this product to anyone involved in the support and teaching of reading and writing.

 

Abigail Steel BA (Hons) PTE, LLM , Literacy Consultant, Blackberry Cottage Consultancy 21.12.12

21st December 2012


I just wanted to say how much we are enjoying the Trugs games we purchased recently – so much so that I have put another order in the post to you today!

The children are so captivated and excited by the fast moving pace of the games that they quite forget they are having to read! I can't tell you how much fun we are having with the games – the girls simply don't realise they are having to do any work!

Rosemary Ryder, Pembridge Hall School, 07.12.12

7th December 2012


Many thanks again for your time today. Everyone was so impressed and they are all looking forward to getting started. The resource is going to play a significant part in improving our teaching and learning in reading. Wishing you lots of success with the secondary project and well done again for the MBE. What a well deserved honour!

Lisa Thomas, WideyCourt Primary School, Literacy Subject Leader and Year Five Leader. 27.06.12

27th June 2012


I am now a few weeks in to doing a daily trugs session with 20 children (five groups of four) and keep getting children coming up to me begging to be included too. A sure sign of a hit intervention!!!

Vanessa Smith, Oakhurst School, Swindon 31.05.12

31st May 2012


Everyone from year 2 to year 10 has had a go in their 1-1 lesson this week and all have been enthralled.  I have always used games and I agree with another comment about the usefulness of the words chosen for the games. They are real and sensible words suitable for the maturity level of many dyslexics in KS2 and KS3 and even KS4.  Some words in stage 10 were good today for expansion of vocabulary, which is always a problem for older dyslexics who are learning to read later than their peers.  On my recommendation, some of my pupils have partially conquered this vocabulary deficit problem by having audio versions of books which their peers enjoy.

Again thanks

Anne Stockdale, Chester. Specialist Dyslexia Teacher. 31.05.12

31st May 2012


There is no doubt the children are benefiting from Trugs - virtually every

time they see me they ask if they are doing Trugs today!!   

Nicky Huish Dulwich College Preparatory School 22.03.12

22nd March 2012


I tried out the Get it game this morning with one of my less able readers (she is 7 with ADHD) and she just loved it! I observed how focussed she was and the way she was re-reading all the words on the master card without realising. As I left she asked if we could play this card game again in the next lesson. This resource is just great and fits in so well in the short sessions I have.

Nadine Douglas, teacher, Madrid Spain 02.02.12

2nd February 2012


Just to let you know that our trugs are going down very well with students and TAs who are trying them within school. I have students taking some of them home to play! They are quick, easy, motivating games to play within and at the end of sessions and as they are playing the games students work hard to work out words without even noticing. I am interested in trying out the monitoring materials too later down the line, as I feel they will allow us to show progress with even our weakest students, which is motivating for everyone!

Philippa Baillie Head of Dyslexia SRB, Norfolk 27.01.12

27th January 2012


We are currently using the TRUGS games with children from years 2 to years 7 . All the children love the games. We are very grateful to you for designing such a well thought out and appealing resource.

Many Thanks

 

Fiona Ricketts, Ardingly Prep School, 07.12.11

7th December 2011


Since I have been using trugs we have had the best sessions yet! Edward loves it and looks forward to it, now his parents have bought the home trugs box which he uses for homework. Thanks Joanna it's great!

Jenny Wakefield, teacher Bicester, Oxon 28.09.11

28th September 2011


I have been playing with Box 1 and 2 and must say that they are a huge success. I also have been going around a few schools in the area and the children have been proud to show me their new games which their teachers purchased at your talk in Ilfracombe. It is wonderful to see children so switched on to reading without actually realising they are having to work hard. I see adults and children laughing together and enjoying the sessions. I rarely see this when I pass people 'hearing children read'. Thank goodness you have produced these games. It could make such a difference to the attitudes of the children who play them as well as the adults who help.

Parents have spoken highly of them as well. I work with a child who is home educated and his mum is grateful to you because he is asking to read with her now. In the past she has had to bribe him!

Thank you Joanna.

Bev Lee Illfracombe Junior School 18.07.11

18th July 2011


I think trugs are wonderful  -  and as I am currently working on split digraphs with 2 Year 4 children, the latest box (Box 2) is an absolute boon.  I particularly like the 2-syllable words in  the Stage 6 games  -  often not included in support materials.  I regularly recommend your game to parents who phone the Helpline, especially those who are thinking of employing a private tutor.  What better way to spend your money!  I have no hesitation about recommending trugs as I have yet to come across a child/student who has failed to enjoy the games.

 

 

Di Martin 13.07.11 Devon

13th July 2011


I love the trugs games and so do the children I work with.   One little boy takes home a game every time I see him and he has always been such a reluctant reader it makes his mum extremely emotional that he asks to play your games as a reward when all his other work is done.  His reading has come on in leaps through your games; we are half way through Box 2.  Literacy will always be difficult for him but his confidence and effort level have shot up thanks to TRUGS.  I have just finished a session with another young boy who works hard all session so he can ‘play’ your game as a reward at the end!  It has improved his memory no end playing ‘guess it’ and he is learning strategic moves because of it.  Attention and concentration are all improving too.  Until the games are played it is difficult to see how many areas you are actually working on and the gains for the children are fantastic, a wonderful resource!.

Dot Bone 07.07.11 a speech and language therapist (MRCSLT) and dyslexic tutor (Dip Sp l d).

7th July 2011


Trugs are going great guns – the gap year student is so enthusiastic and the children likewise.  Thank you!

Malcolm Bassett Mount House School - 06.05.2011

6th May 2011


As a learning support teacher if I could ONLY have one resource in the whole world it would be TRUGS!! Yes whiteboards, stile phonics, smartboards, wordshark, ICT etc they all have their place but for overall impact with every child then T.R.U.G.S. comes out top every time. That's how passionate I am about the games - THEY REALLY DO WORK AND THE KIDS LOVE THEM!! And they are so easy to use!!  If you can get kids laughing and having fun and learning to read at the same time then we've cracked it! The kids absolutely adore the games and ARE learning. I have spread its appeal far and wide and now there are lots of learning assistants in our school who would like to play the games with children in ALL classes.  Having had lots of success with T.R.U.G.S. here at Stobhill Primary, with children who have been struggling to read I am at the stage when I need additional resources for other staff to use.  I was looking at the parents and 1-1 support box.  We have the schools box and I wanted to purchase some more. 
Thanks for taking the time to help me,

Ruth Lang, Support For Learning Teacher. 28.04.11

28th April 2011


Dear Joanna

Having had lots of success with T.R.U.G.S. here at Stobhill Primary, with children who have been struggling to read I am at the stage when I need additional resources for other staff to use.  The kids absolutely adore the games and ARE learning. I have spread its appeal far and wide and now there are lots of learning assistants in our school who would like to play the games with children in ALL classes.

I was looking at the parents and 1-1 support box and wondered how it differed from the schools and professionals box?  We have the schools box and I wanted to purchase some more.... which set would you recommend?

Thanks for taking the time to help me,

Ruth Lang, Support For Learning Teacher, 26.04.11

26th April 2011


trugs is an amazing, versatile and hugely motivating resource, which I have shared with our teaching assistants today.  They were most impressed. 

Littlue Smith, Christchurch Junior School

20th April 2011


I have boxes 1 and 2 and use them daily at school. I find them brilliant and the children love all the games. I hope to get box 3 next time I have the chance to spend some money.  All my department, four of us, came to the evening you did for the Richmond Dyslexia Association and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Nesty Boyd Hurlingham School - 01.04.11

1st April 2011


I am really happy with the trugs sets – I use them every day with children ages 5 – 13 and they love them.

Regards

Jocelyn Prothero Specialist Teacher 30.03.11

30th March 2011


I have even played Guess it at stage 6 with 2 different children, they were self correcting using AEIOU within the first 5 mins, result!

Alex Ashley Yr 3 Teacher in Bolton 11.03.11

11th March 2011


Hi Joanna

I just wanted to let you know how amazing I think you are for the work you are doing for all those children who find reading difficult.

I am currently studying to be a teacher and undertaking a study into dyslexia; after working for many years with children and adults who find reading difficult. I have used many types of teaching strategies; including the VAK learning styles, Nessy ICT programme, Toe by Toe and Write/Right to Read BUT TRUGS is fantastic! The fact that I can use it with the children with dyslexic tendencies and those without and I whole heartedly believe that if all children were taught as though they were dyslexic it certainly would not harm those who are not, yet the way the majority are being taught, unfortunately does have adverse effects on those with dyslexia.

We are only in the early stages of using TRUGS but I just wanted to let you know how positively the children have responded to it.

Thank you again and I wish you continued success.

Best wishes

Tracy Wilkes, (HLTA) Cornish Primary School - 04.03.11

4th March 2011


I thought I'd let you know that TRUGS have been a great success at our school this term! I've been using it with different levelled reading groups, so all children can be involved!

Caroline Aylward, KS1 Leader, Holly Spring Infant and Nursery School, 16.02.11

16th February 2011


Hi Joanna

Just a note to say that I use and recommend TRUGS to all the schools and colleagues that I work with. It is a great resource that really engages children and allows them to be successful. One little boy that I worked with started to read using the TRUGS Stage 0 moving onto TRUGS BOX 1.

Regards

Jane Holton, 19.01.11

19th January 2011


We identified the need to develop early reading skills as an area for school development. We investigated a range of resources which would help the children to develop their reading skills and after much consideration, we decided to trial TRUGs. The programme was run with groups of three to four children three times a week for fifteen minutes on each occasion. All of the children engaged with tremendous enthusiasm with the reading games, including those who had become less engaged by reading. Indeed several children were so enthusiastic that they took the games to play at home with parents, leading to some parents purchasing the games as Christmas presents!

As a school, we felt it essential to be able to measure the impact of this intervention strategy and hence established a baseline reading age measure at the outset. Having run the TRUGs reading programme for two months we then reassessed the children’s reading age. The results showed that all twelve children had increased their reading age by at least three months with the average increase being 5.5 months. In addition to this, all of the children have been able to access reading books at a higher level within the school’s reading scheme and are applying the skills developed through the TRUGs programme in their day to day reading

John Clarke (Headteacher), Suzanne Hope (Literacy Leader), Horrabridge Community Primary School, 09.12.10

9th December 2010


Hi Joanna,

I have just come back from two days in Alderney. They bought boxes from you after my last visit and it has taken the kids by storm. They use it as an incentive after they have done their work.

Little do they know the subliminal workings of Trugs!!!!!

Martin Cordall, Head of Literacy Support Service, Guernsey. 23.11.10

23rd November 2010


Hi Joanna,

TRUGS is going really well at Michael. The kids love it and the staff love delivering it.

Tony Robinson, Headteacher, Michael School - Isle of Man 17.11.10

17th November 2010


Dear Joanna,

I am now using trugs both at home and at school with great success - the kids love it.

Regards

Beverley Hesp 30 May 2010 - Teacher, Bahrain

30th May 2010


To whom it may concern,

For the last year I have been increasingly pleased with the TRUGS games and have just got Box 3 which actually stretches some of our better readers.

Regards

Gill Turley Teacher in Charge -Cheslyn Hay SpLD Centre -Staffordshire 27.05.10

27th May 2010


Dear Joanna,

They have found this (trugs) to be delightful...'You can tell she has real classroom experience'

Regards

Jan Brettingham 31 Mar 2010 from Fujairah

31st March 2010


Dear Joanna,

I must apologise for my speedy interruption at last week's Learning Festival in Glasgow. I was the lady who interrupted you to say thank you for your amazing product which I had purchased at last year's SLF. I had to make haste for a train home as it was the last of the day (Oban, my home town is just over 100 miles from Glasgow).

I trust my interruption did not hinder you from clinching a sale but your stall assistant was most insistent that I get to say thank you personally.

I am so impressed with Trugs and, as I said when we spoke, I have rarely seen children so inspired and excited by a reading game. They all made progress within a short time of starting to play the games, they moved through the stages at different paces but were not phased by this and were happy to work at a level until they had mastered the game. At least 2 children's reading improvements and confidence were directly related purely to Trugs - I know because they told me so!

Keep up the good work and know that your years of planning and the doubtless struggle to get Trugs to market have meant that children are reading with greater accuracy and enjoyment because of you.

Well done

Joy, - 02.10.09

2nd October 2009


I really enjoyed the trugs training that you gave the Conwy Learning Support Service on April 23rd and have been using the games from trugs Box 1 and Box 2 a great deal this term. My pupils have responded positively and I have seen a definite improvement in their reading skills.

Iola Evans, - Abergele, Wales. - 04.07.09

4th July 2009


Dear Joanna

Thank you for sending me my Trugs order.  The games are proving very popular with all ages from 8-13. My pupils are enjoying the various elements of chance and skill and they find the variety of games very motivating. I really like the range of vocabulary the games offer and the chance to really reinforce reading skills in a fun way. They reinforce the work we do on syllables and key subject vocabulary. So a highly useful addition to my repertoire of materials - many thanks.

Best wishes

Alison Reece (SENCO), - St Mary's Hall, Lancashire, - 18.05.09

18th May 2009


It’s just what I want to cover lots of problems.

SENCO within a Primary School, prior to 01.01.09

1st January 2009


An excellent resource to use with parents and children in need of support.

SENCO within a Primary School. prior to 01.01.09

1st January 2009


This is so well thought through, non-threatening, easy to use and it’s self explanatory.

Reading Development Department. Within a Primary School. prior to 01.01.09

1st January 2009


These games give teachers an easy and effective means of being able to provide parents with a structured and fun way to support the development of their child’s reading at home.

Educational Psychologist, prior to 01.01.09

1st January 2009


The TRUGS resource offers a highly structured and thoughtful approach to the teaching of reading. TRUGS would engage even the most disenchanted child in the reading process by providing an effective learning climate which is unthreatening and fun. A box of TRUGS should be part of an intervention kit in every classroom!

Anne Shipman, Headteacher, Garras Community Primary School, prior to 01.01.09

1st January 2009


Hi Joanna ,I started Trugs today with 3 of my less able readers. They loved it. My plan is to do it three times per week.Thanks so much for the package. It's super. I look forward to the next 2 boxes!!Next session I will have Primary 5 (Year 6), so I will hope and pray that you get the funding you need.

Yours

Gillian, prior to 01.01.09,

1st January 2009


Hi Joanna,

Just wanted to say we're having great fun playing Trugs games. All 4 games are proving to be successful.

During a review for a child with Enhanced Funding, I sang Trugs' praises to the SEN Service. The idea was new to them and they were impressed. I hope something follows on from that.

Have a good summer, Joanna

Best wishes

Mary.St Berteline's C.E School, prior to 01.01.09

1st January 2009


Dear Joanna,

I wanted to let you know how my pupils had reacted to playing Trugs and to thank you for creating such an innovative series of games. My pupils from primary and middle school, boys and girls, have been immensely enthusiastic about the games and are awaiting boxes 2 & 3 with great excitement. As you may have predicted, ‘Take It’ and ‘Match It’ are firm favourites with all ages. However, the other games have been very successful in encouraging my younger pupils to develop their speaking and listening skills. The pupils find the games very entertaining, motivating and stimulating. As a result, they have increased in self-confidence and reading fluency without realising it. Once again, many, many thanks for creating such a valuable reading resource based on your expertise in Dyslexia to support the reading skills of all children.

Kind Regards

Littllue Smith. prior to 01.01.09

1st January 2009


An email from the SENCO at St Lawrence College Junior School, Ramsgate, Kent 10.12.08

I had to email you to thank you for inventing and sharing such an amazing game.

I have been using the first 2 TRUGS boxes on a daily basis since purchasing them when I saw you at the SENCO exhibition. The children not only enjoy them but actually ask to play them every lesson. What’s especially good is that it’s so easy to select an appropriate level for the group and fit in a game when there’s only a short time slot available, unlike most of the reading based games that have, quite frankly, been on the shelf for years without being used.

What prompted me to contact you today was the fact that I have 2 very able readers in reception. They have the problem of being able to decode words beyond their understanding levels, so books with the right decoding level are too complex for them to understand. By playing TRUGS with them today they were able to work on decoding, moving them on, in a way that allowed for discussion of new vocabulary whilst sustaining their interest; many reading books at their decoding level just bore them as they have no understanding so this was a way of keeping them stretched within reading. By the way, when they saw me at lunch they asked when they could play again!

I can’t express just how much we’ve gained from this simple idea – I have very reluctant readers, including dyslexics, who nevertheless want to play, whereas were I to ask them to read they would do anything to avoid it. I now need to get box 3 as my more able readers want to play too!

So thanks again!

Feel free to use any of this on your website

Hélène Cohen, - SENCO - 10.12.08.11.08

10th December 2008


TRUGS is an excellent resource to supplement our reading programme. The games are motivational and are presented to an extremely high standard. The pupils love playing them and don't seem to realize they are reinforcing the patterns we have just learnt. It is a very enjoyable way to give them the over learning experience they need

Diana Rabot, - Cobham Hall, - 28.11.08

28th November 2008

Secondary

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


I love using Trugs in Learning Support with small groups and one-to-one. I always start and finish with a Trugs game and the children now really enjoy coming to Learning Support. The children love ‘Take it’ especially when they get to take all my cards. They are engaged and motivated to learn and it is clear that this motivation also carries through the whole lesson and has made an impact on them academically. Fantastic program. - Gabrielle Clover - Learning Support Specialist - Slovakia

Gabrielle Clover, Learning Support Teacher, The British International School Bratislava

December 2016


Trugs is the most motivational resource I've come across in recent years covering all age ranges

From a specialist teacher in the Midlands

October 2016


I have been using 'Trugs' at the end of each tutoring session. One boy, aged 12, looks forward to these games each week. He was so proud of himself, when he told his mum that he was reading multi-syllable words successfully. She was so pleased that he was so happy about reading! When we finished the 'last stage' he was actually disappointed as he thought we wouldn't play the games anymore! I intend to use a 'spelling' focus as a next step.

Alison, Primary teacher/tutor, Australia

7th December 2015


We have been using TRUGs this year and have found it a really good resource.

Alison Page. Specialist teacher, St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Bristol

24th June 2015


We are having a blast with TRUGS (kids ask to play it).   It is a fab intervention tool!   We are genuinely enjoying using it!

Joanne Day, Parklands Academy

3rd June 2015


Thanks for a brilliant resource - all my students enjoy playing it

Lyn Wells. Specialist dyslexia tutor/assessor

25th March 2015


I am an OT and a Dyslexia Assessor/Tutor and I love the Trugs games. I have been following the development of your wonderful Trugs games and the website over the last couple of years and you are continuing to be very creative in all you do. You are a real inspiration providing such brilliant games which are rooted in the teaching that the children and young people are experiencing. Thank you.

Sarah Deakin. Worcestershire.

6th March 2015


I have used trugs a lot in my support sessions with a wide range of different learners and am a great advocate of the programme- I have seen some wonderful improvements in my students’ reading speed, fluency and confidence, and believe the programme can be tailored to use with students of all ages. The explicit teaching of rules via the engaging, multisensory games, reduces the ambiguity behind the English language and empowers learners by allowing them to apply these rules to decoding new words. This has enabled both their spelling and reading accuracy to increase, and with that, their self-esteem.

Chloe Harrison, Dyslexia Adviser, Student Support and Wellbeing Division, Cardiff University

November 2014


Just to let you know- a British special needs and reading specialist, who comes to work with a few of our challenged students every week, was well impressed with the morning reading program using TRUGS. I asked her if we could improve in any way, and her response was a resounding no - a few 'graduates' of last year's program that she has worked with since have shown dramatic improvement in a few short months.

Sean, teacher in China.

3rd November 2014


The games (trugs) are great and I find them particularly useful for older children as they include harder words; it is hard to find games that just hit the spot for older children. I also love the high frequency words games as it’s a pain free way to learn to read them. Thank you. Linda

Linda Borthwick( Learning Support Teacher Wokingham Borough Council)

3rd November 2014


I just want to email and say that I work with adults with learning difficulties for Devon Adult and Community Learning and my adults LOVE Trugs!!!!  I also tutor GCSE English and I have been using Box 3 to extend my student’s vocabulary. Often our most able students don’t get a chance to have such fun when they are learning!!!

Kind regards

Mandy Archer, Tutor


Joanna’s enthusiasm and knowledge is impressive, as is ‘Trugs Plus’. I have used ‘Trugs’ for several years now and the card games are loved by staff and children alike. With the emphasis moving towards all teachers taking responsibility for teaching phonics, the progression of ‘Trugs Plus’ into secondary schools is a timely and much needed resource. The computerised ‘Trugs Plus’ enables all subject teachers to access topic keywords, linking them to phonics at the reading level of each child in their class. In addition to this, the computerised assessment package will enable teachers to track, record keep and give feedback that is available to all teachers in school, on line. This is a well thought out assessment and teaching tool and I recommend you ask Joanna to come and introduce it to you in person to fully understand the background to the programme. You will not be disappointed.

Nesty Boyd, Chairman, Richmond Dyslexia Association, Head of Learning Support, Hurlingham School, Putney. - 29 October 2013


 Thank you so much for your time last Wednesday afternoon. It was great to meet you and to have first-hand experience of TRUGS. Since your visit all the Teaching Assistants are now using the games successfully in their lessons and more importantly the students are having great fun reading!

I will recommend TRUGS to friends in other local primary schools as I know that they too would love this product. I shall take our box to the next social gathering and play a few games with them, I know that they will be hooked.

Pauline Levy HLTA Literacy - Kings Langley School

18th November 2013


Thank you so much for the quick turnaround. Trugs arrived today.  Excellent service.

 

Annette Leith

19th October 2013


Dear Joanna

Thank you so much for coming on Thursday to give us such a wonderful and informative talk,your enthusiasm and passion gave it all an extra edge.As I said at the beginning of the evening Trugs doesn't really need a huge amount of selling.  I loved the evening as I was able to really listen to the talk (due to the extra committee members) but I really enjoyed meeting you and picking up some useful teaching tips.  I hope you had a good trip home and have had the chance to collapse in a heap after your mad week.

Many thanks once again

Nicky

Nicky Williams West Kent Dyslexia Association.

23rd July 2013


I’ve been using TRUGS home and school sets for about the past 6 months in both primary and secondary schools. The children love them! In my secondary school, I work with 4 sets of 4 year 7 students, and a set of 5 year 8 children. They are mainly boys, all with SpLD, many with co-morbid conditions such as ASC and ADHD. They adore TRUGS! The green game is played in pairs, and each pair takes it in turns to guess the word - the kids call it poker! Not only does it help their reading, but it sharpens memory skills too, having to remember which words have gone to the bottom of the pile. We often have a short spelling test after this game, as the words are the most simple in the stage. The children are allowed a quick peep at the card if they really can't remember a word. It's none threatening, usually with words written on small white boards. The other games are played in a similar fashion to your demonstration, although the year 8 boys like to put the word they are reading into a sentence (it often sounds like an episode of the Goons show, with funny voices!) Staff working in the SEN unit have commented on the reading ability of my students now - they couldn't believe it when they overheard them reading 4 syllable words so confidently! I'm about to re-test their reading and spelling using WRAT 4 and DRA, so it will be interesting to see how they get on.

I have tokens which are handed out each time a game is won throughout a 50 minute session, and it gets quite competitive. The winner gets to press my 'that was easy' button, which they love! Again, I combine the games with other materials such as the LPU phonics programme.

I've used your tricky words stages 0-2 as well - any chance you might extend these with stages 3 and 4?

Keep up the wonderful work!

Kind regards,

Carol Thomas. Brighton and Hove.

18th June 2013


Dear Joanna,

I hope you are well. I have been slowly introducing the Trugs game to students who will take on the role of mentor even though they themselves have low reading ages. It gives them a bit of a boost to know that I want them to be the helper and they are certainly practising reading with enjoyment. It's easy to pick up, doesn't take long to play and even Box 1 is sufficiently challenging for most of my Yr 9s. We practised the match it game today with 4 students fully engaged and co-operating nicely with each other which was lovely to witness - easily adapted to different numbers of players which is useful.

Thank you,

Carole Clohesy, Maplewell Hall School.

12th June 2013


TRAINING SESSION: Hi Joanna, We had some feedback for the training session, which was overwhelmingly positive. In fact, 100% of those who turned in evaluations rated the course 'Good' or 'Excellent,' so we were very pleased. There were also a few comments made about Trugs, including one Supervising Social Worker who is approaching a manager about the possibility of funding Trugs resources for their whole team. I'm sure they will be in touch with you if it is deemed possible. Another comment from someone who attended appreciated how 'practical' Trugs games are, and I believe that person bought them to use. Other feedback includes:

  • 'Practical'
  • 'Great guidance'
  • 'Gained a real understanding of phonics'
  • 'Easy to understand, clear'
  • found examples of games useful

Sounds like it the presentation was very well received.

Regards,

Sara Weston, Hertfordshire

21st May 2013


I have been a specialist Language and Communication teacher for the last nine years, and I am currently working in Folkestone All Age Academy in Kent. I have been using TRUGS on a regular basis now for over two years. I have used all three of the school sets with children from Y2 through to Y10. When I first got my hands on the game I was delighted with its simplicity and practicality. The rules for playing the games were straightforward and easy to pass onto students (and thankfully staff!) and the ‘take up’ was pretty immediate. From the start I noticed the students desire to play the game; from the natural primary enthusiasm (P2 – P5) to the demand/requests to play the game with Y9 and Y10 foundation students. The ‘Guess it’ (now Get it), ‘Match it’ and ‘Take it’ games prove to be the most popular, and the ‘Use it’ is great for sentence/paragraph/story-starters.

I have used and continue to use Trugs in the following circumstances:

• To support and improve students with poor reading/spelling/phonic skills

• To assist with the learning for EAL students and facilitate correct letter pronunciation

• To support and compliment a multi-sensory computer programme for dyslexic students

• To enhance literacy extension programmes in the academy

• Promote fun in the learning of phonics to improve reading/spelling

• To improve social skills/turn taking skills with ASD/BESD students

Trugs is also flexible in that the games can be differentiated further by the way that they are played; I have asked for a sentence to be made with the word being read (shows understanding and correct use) and extended this by making the sentences link in to the previous one!

The nicest attribute to Trugs is that the students are able to play the games easily, and teach their peers easily. Also the fact that the games encourage the social aspects of turn taking and game playing skills that are not played via a hand a hand set is a benefit too.

 

John East, Language and Communication, AEN Faculty, Folkestone Academy 10.01.13

10th January 2013


I met you at the Education Festival at Wellington College in June this year and bought a pack of stage 1 at home TRUGS. I have been using them with my low ability year 8 class at my school ever since and they have really loved playing the games, so today I bought the teachers box of stage 2 games. I hope that my kids enjoy those just as much! Thank you for exhibiting and demonstrating your phonics scheme at the Education Festival, it's making a real difference to my key stage 3 pupils - trugs really are fun and useful!

Julia Haden, Woodgreen Academy, 16.09.12

16th September 2012


Everyone from year 2 to year 10 has had a go in their 1-1 lesson this week and all have been enthralled. I have always used games and I agree with another comment about the usefulness of the words chosen for the games. They are real and sensible words suitable for the maturity level of many dyslexics in KS2 and KS3 and even KS4. Some words in stage 10 were good today for expansion of vocabulary, which is always a problem for older dyslexics who are learning to read later than their peers. On my recommendation, some of my pupils have partially conquered this vocabulary deficit problem by having audio versions of books which their peers enjoy.

 

Again thanks

 

Anne Stockdale, Chester, Dyslexia Specialist. 31.05.12

31st May 2012


I am enjoying using the TRUGS the pupils love it!

Many thanks

Caroline Steward, Kings School Rochester. 25.11.11

25th November 2011


The games are a great success - I'm always being asked to play them!

Marianne Chipperfield, teacher. 01.10.11

1st October 2011


Good afternoon Joanna.

Thank you for giving your time to talk to us yesterday evening. I found it very interesting and my purchase of the tricky Words cards went straight into use this morning and were rapturously received by two of my Y3s who have yet to develop the concept of motivation.

Mrs Anne Cartwright, Deputy Head Teacher, Redland High Junior School, 16.05.2011

16th May 2011


My colleagues and I have been using trugs in small group work within an SEN setting for 8 months now and students are still excited by it!  Often resources become dull after a while and can lead to pupils with learning difficulties becoming fidgety and disengaged.  As a teacher I am amazed at how versatile the product is-there are endless games within the games and often the students make up new rules to make it more challenging!  We are ordering yet another box of trugs as they are now so popular in the mainstream setting that they often disappear from my room!  I know who you are!!!

Ness Holloway SEN teacher Raincliffe School - 01.04.11

1st April 2011


To whom it may concern,

It would be great if this message could be passed on to Joanna Jeffery so she is aware of the success TRUGS has had in our school.

I am the Higher Level Teaching Assistant at Lipson Community College specialising in literacy. I have a great literacy team behind me and between us we do a lot of extraction and intervention to improve literacy ability.

One of the activities we have found particularly beneficial is the use 'TRUGS'. Most of our students really engage with the various games and as we monitor their progress through the stages we are able to identify any weaknesses as well as note in many cases real success and progression.

'TRUGS' has proved so popular and effective we have bought more to supply to our PD team and our speech and language colleagues. I also use TRUGS with four physically disabled students that I teach once a week, they thoroughly enjoy it and their ability and confidence in reading has greatly improved. TRUGS is definitely one of the aspects which has lead to this reading achievement.

Although 'TRUGS' is aimed at younger students it has proved extremely beneficial for our nurture groups in year 7/8 as well as with our lower year 9s. We have a Literacy drive within the school and TRUGS has really enhanced this focus, it is very adaptable to our student's literacy needs and requirements.

I am interested to know if you have planned to develop more 'TRUGS' for older more able students? It has proved so popular amongst our younger students it would be really good if there was something similar to use throughout KS4, especially within our school.

The Literacy team and I felt it would be useful to share with you the success we having with your programme in a secondary school.

Thank you for your time

Thank you for your time

Lauren Capaldi, Lipson Community College, 16.12.10

16th December 2010


Hi Joanna,

Perfect for 1 to 1 tuition as you can find a stage to match reading levels. Lots of variety and consolidation within each stage, high age low level as games are fun and seem sophisticated, much better than simple reading books.

Also great for stimulating writing and oral and written story telling. Once you begin to use Truggs you realise what a versatile resource it is. 1 box of Truggs can go a long way.

Emma Thomas, Literacy Teacher, Staffordshire. 02.12.10

2nd December 2010


Hi Joanna,

The students love trugs and we are very pleased and impressed by them.

Many thanks

Sylvia Weller, Brompton Academy 17.11.10

17th November 2010


Hi Joanna,

I am using your trugs boxes, all 3, and they are excellent. We are nearly at the end of Box 3 with a small group of students and their word reading has improved enormously.

With best wishes

Rebekah Knott, SENCo, Tisbury School. 1.11.10

1st November 2010


Hi Joanna,

The students are loving the Trugs games. The students are even going to show their parents how to play it on the student led parents conference day.

Thanks

Natasha Winstone, Learning Support Garden School, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 27.10.10

27th October 2010


Hi Joanna,

At Lipson Community College, within the Literacy department, we have been using TRUGS. They have been a great success with our students and are very popular.

Thank you,

Autumn Rumdan, Autumn Rumdan, Lipson Community College, Plymouth. 11.06.10

11th June 2010


Dear Joanna,

Our most used resource. We have to hide it at lunch time!

Regards

Barbara Raby 15 May 2010 - Blackpool School

15th May 2010


WOW,

I was at the education show yesterday and was shown trugs, I was blown away. I work with secondary pupils with reading ages of 6 and below. I spend hours making games which are fun but educational and slowly running out of ideas.You have saved the day if school wont buy the set I will spend my own money on it! Thanks.

Regards

Ammanda Tweedale 27 April 2010

27th April 2010


Dear Joanna,

I bought Trugs from you at the Special needs exhibition in London. I just wanted to let you know what a great hit Trugs has been with my students. They are a small group of children aged 11-12 with Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). Three of my students have great difficulty with cvc words. When I asked them what they liked about their new school, one of them replied "I like playing the games, especially Trugs!"

Kind regards

Manager of Lexis Resource Base, Addey & Stanhope School - Helen Crocker 19th Nov 2009

19th November 2009


It's so good to find resources which can be added and used as part of a structured multi-sensory teaching programme for students of all ages

Sandy Whittington, - Erith, Kent. - 10.08.09

10th August 2009


I have already used Box 1 and the fun and laughter that was generated was just amazing – learning through fun - great

Sue Bailes, - Bideford, Devon. - 04.07.09

4th July 2009


The SEN department at Dormston School has been using TRUGS to the fullest since all 3 boxes were purchased in February 2009. Although Box 3 was created specifically for the secondary sector all of the boxes have proved to be extremely popular with both pupils and the adults who deliver the lessons.

Box 3, however, has been one of the few resources I have found which motivates and consolidates learning of multisyllable words and those with ‘special endings’ (i.e. non-phonic). KS4 pupils enjoy these resources and our dyslexic young people particularly value the range and difficulty of the more challenging words in the box.

The TRUGS games are innovative because there is nothing similar available from any other source. Other card games exist but do not cover the range of reading skills or include the well-paced incremental steps of development that is contained in TRUGS.

The motivating nature of the TRUGS games for the secondary age group are obvious to anyone who plays them with young people who need the consolidation of the basic and more advanced skills that these games offer. Students want to play again and again, increasing their confidence with the particular target skill as they do so. If pupils know that these games are on offer to consolidate learning they renew their efforts to understand what they have to do. Although Dormston School made individual basic skills lessons enjoyable prior to using TRUGS, the TRUGS have undeniably helped to maintain pupils’ enthusiasm for working in these lessons.

All of the TRUGS resources have a clear focus on learning and the increments in difficulty and complexity are well judged allowing pupils to be challenged by a slightly more difficult set of words or comforted by their success with a set of words which they have already mastered.

TRUGS promote inclusion by allowing pupils to feel challenged appropriately in a fun way while they are gaining success in skills which they find difficult. The increase in skills and motivation gained by pupils helps to raise their self-esteem and allows them to feel included in all subjects more fully.

To summarize; the TRUGS resource, which was specifically designed for young people who find reading difficult, has proved to be innovative and motivating with a clear focus on learning and consolidating reading skills and is used extensively at Dormston School in basic skills withdrawal lessons. All pupils, including those at KS4, have enjoyed playing with these attractive and durable cards and always ask for them to be part of their lessons. Their success with adults and children alike has ensured they are well worth their cost.

Angie Francis (SENCO), - Dormston School, - 6.05.09

6th May 2009

Parents

Dear Mrs Jeffery

You gave my teacher, Miss Marianne, a pack of TRUGs cards for Stage 5 to give to me.  They are fantastic and I can read them sort of well – just about.  Thank you again for the TRUGs cards. I really prefer it to other games.

Bertie Burrell. (Garden House School)

19th October 2016


Hello, was a brilliant training course again today, have just played trugs again with my 2 1/2 year old daughter , the colours shapes and words for stage 1 are working well with her, after the last training I bought the pack as a long term project for my daughter to play with my cousins aged 12 and 9 but she has already enjoyed playing with them. She really enjoys the. Games and learning many thanks

Emma Ball-Rye

3rd November 2015


I love using Trugs with my students! I do one-to-one tutoring with students with dyslexia. Just this morning an 11 year old boy came to my session very grumpy and uncooperative. I got out a Trugs game and just after one round of Guess It he was more engaged! He had been reading ....he knew that and I knew that but it was less pressure, achievable and engaging.

Lynley Read, tutor, Christchurch, New Zealand.

30th June 2015


We have had great fun playing with trugs today! All staff and pupils (and parents) are really enjoying them, and they're a brilliant relief from the exams... 

Celia Carlton. Ryde School.

26th May 2015


I am an OT and a Dyslexia Assessor/Tutor and I love the Trugs games. I have been following the development of your wonderful Trugs games and the website over the last couple of years and you are continuing to be very creative in all you do. You are a real inspiration providing such brilliant games which are rooted in the teaching that the children and young people are experiencing. Thank you.

Sarah Deakin. Worcestershire.

6th March 2015


I first came across this trugs system at the SEN Conference at Bolton Reebok Stadium I decided to purchase for both the school and also for my young son at home. I used it extensively with my son to engage him with reading, and he absolutely loved it, whilst at school we use it in conjunction with our other reading programmes to reinforce the skills they have already learnt, and once again the kids love it as something different to ‘test out’ their reading skills. Thoroughly recommend it!

Regards

Mark Webster, parent and teacher

5th November 2014


Dear Joanna

Thank you so much for coming on Thursday to give us such a wonderful and informative talk,your enthusiasm and passion gave it all an extra edge.As I said at the beginning of the evening Trugs doesn't really need a huge amount of selling.  I loved the evening as I was able to really listen to the talk (due to the extra committee members) but I really enjoyed meeting you and picking up some useful teaching tips.  I hope you had a good trip home and have had the chance to collapse in a heap after your mad week.

Many thanks once again

Nicky

Nicky Williams West Kent Dyslexia Association.

23rd July 2013


Got it, played it, love it!

Many thanks

Penny Robertson.

30th March 2013


Dear Joanna

Just wanted to tell you how much we are enjoying your trugs games since buying them from you at st john's school last year. My 5 year old is practising her sounding out without frustration - in fact enjoying it! And my 8 year old is enjoying trying harder words. They especially enjoy Take It. Thanks again!

We still play - when our 2 year old allows! My 5 year old is sounding out much more in general with less frustration in general. Thanks again,

 

Clare Carpenter. 04.02.13

4th February 2013


Trugs is a fantastic resource as kids are learning whilst playing. When my daughters were playing with Trugs, they were having so much fun that they did not realise that they were learning at the same time. The games are so simple to play, but the thinking behind them is so clever with the different games and the bright colours make them so inviting to youngsters.

 

Jon Gerrard, Devon 07.01.13

7th January 2013


trugs has arrived safely and is being enjoyed by all the family. A great help with making learning to read fun. Thank you

Diane Reis, 02.09.12

2nd September 2012


Dear Joanna

We put the children to bed normal time and all was quiet. When we went to bed my husband went up to tuck our two older children in at 11.30 and they were sitting on their beds playing trugs! Not what I had in mind when I bought them! They're great, thank you. I think there should be a Government health warning.... "children may not be able to wake up in the morning!"

Lorna Galbraith, Kent 01.07.12

1st July 2012


Thanks for sending the trugs. It is one of the few games that isn’t a chore to play because the children really get it and enjoy showing that they are improving their reading skills.

As I was opening it in my room Sean (12) who was watching saw what it was and straight away asked if he could play. I was short of time as I run the Youth Club on Fridays at 7pm and hadn’t got in from work until 6pm.  When I pointed out that we still had to have our evening meal, his solution was to put Colin on cooking duties and make sure everyone downstairs knew why.  Before I had time to make any comment Paul (17) and Skye (8) turned up and said that they wanted to play. You could say that my room was invaded by bodies within seconds of unwrapping the parcel. Joe (18) had been in his room when we played the game and when later he was told that we had been playing ‘the new’ trugs he wanted to know why no-one told him, so he could play.

The game is just at the right level for Paul and Sean and in fact Sean found it slightly easier than Paul. The words are a little long for Skye but I think I will be able to incorporate both Box 1 and 2 so she will be able to feel that she gets some right (she is eager to play so I think she will soon catch up).  We also play with an additional rule that once someone has read the word they have to say what it means and yesterday we had some interesting terminology such as the meaning for gangrene (isn’t that when your legs fall off mum?).

Derrie Evans, Mum, 15.01.12

15th January 2012


Just wanted to say how pleased both my children (4 and 6 year olds)are with Trugs. They just wanted to keep playing! With my eldest, her first words this morning were..."mum can we play Trugs". I couldn't believe it!

Best regards

Melanie Carpenter, Mum, 21.12.11

21st December 2011


I think trugs are wonderful   I regularly recommend your game to parents who phone the Helpline, especially those who are thinking of employing a private tutor. What better way to spend your money! I have no hesitation about recommending trugs as I have yet to come across a child/student who has failed to enjoy the games.

Di Martin, 13.07.11

13th July 2011


I went home after your visit and showed my daughter, Sophie, our trugs at Home Box 3.  We started at the Stage 11 games and she would not let me stop until we had completed the whole box!!  Definitely a satisfied customer!

Thanks

Zoë Starbuck-Jones, Wolverhampton. 27.06.11

26th June 2011


Ryan is loving Trugs- we are playing most days and he is not only gaining confidence- we have passed from the stage 1 words ( the only thing he was even willing to try at the start) to the stage 3- with approx 80% accuracy! I haven't reassessed using the assessment booklet again recently as I would like to leave that until there's more time in the holiday but when I redid the Salford reading test last week he had progressed to 6.5yrs which (on using the same test last time) means that he has progressed approx 1 yr in 6 weeks. I wouldn't stand up in court and say that the data was entirely accurate, however, I think that it is a clear indication the the system is, to say the least, having an effect. More to the point he is loving the games- many thanks! If there's any way of working out how to trial more accurately please let me know as I'm open to suggestions if it's any help. Any suggestions for a spelling version wouldn't go amiss either!! ( perhaps I'll attack that after Christmas!)

At school the children all send their thanks- my teaching was obviously getting really dull! They all arrive for their slot going "Can we play the game first?" and would happily carry on all lesson. I'm still waiting for one of them to develop the thinking skills which will allow him to realize that he actually wants the other child to go first when playing "Guess It"! Also it has been fascinating to use the cards as a language development exercise with one child to check on his poor understanding of his excellent decoding skills.

Many thanks and will update in the new year!

Happy Christmas

Chris Gallagher, 05.12.10

5th December 2010


Hi Joanna,

It is such a fabulous resource. My daughter is very keen to play the games, in stark contrast to how she reacts at the sight of a book. The other wonderful thing about this resource is that it is extending her vocabulary because it uses words that are more interesting than many of the resources for so-called "Special Needs" kids. The words are not "dumbed-down", and the repetition within the stages of similar types of words means that she is reading naturally rather than puzzling the word out every time she encounters a new word. It is as if the penny has finally dropped! She actually asked to play Trugs during X-Factor. She has never asked to do anything involving reading before.

I asked Tabitha what she wanted to say to you and she said "Thank you for inventing the game for kids like me. It has been great fun playing it."

I will also take the game into my secondary school and show our SENCO and the head of EAL as I think it could also work really well with early stage EAL kids.

Thank you so much.

Deborah Hegan, 25.11.10

25th November 2010


Dear Joanna,

I am now using trugs both at home and at school with great success - the kids love it.

 

Regards

 

Beverley Hesp, Bahrain 30.05.10

30th May 2010


Dear Joanna,

It was a pleasure to meet you yesterday and on behalf of all the committee I wanted to thank you for speaking at our lecture course.

We have had extremely good feedback from the people who attended. The consensus was that your more interactive style of a workshop generated much more fun and enthusiasm, and in the process you gave us some excellent ideas and inspiration for a task that can sometimes be quite draining.

With many thanks and kind regards

Richmond Dyslexia Association, - Sue Judge - 14.10.09

14th October 2009


My boy is not normally willing to read, but he will play trugs - he’s then reading without realising, it’s great!

Mum of boy aged 11. prior to 01.01.09

1st January 2009


We don’t do our reading books because they are a drag and trugs is more fun.

The 2 boys aged 9 and 10. prior to 01.01.09

1st January 2009


They are still very happy to play the games – I thought the novelty would have worn off by now.

Same Mum of 2 boys aged 9 and 10. prior to 01.01.09

1st January 2009


They are reading when they wouldn’t normally be reading.

Mum of 2 boys aged 9 and 10. prior to 01.01.09

1st January 2009


Trugs is proving a huge hit in our household!

Yesterday we opened the instructions and away we went. I played individually with the children and then as a group. After three and a half hours I told them I really had to get on! They would happily have played for another four!!! At 7am this morning I found them in their PJs at the kitchen table playing again – amazingly no arguments – and playing at a level that suited the youngest (5 ½). They are hooked and already I have seen a significant improvement with the 5 ½ and 9 year old – much more confident – happy to try new words and pronouncing two letters as a sound as opposed to sounding out each letter – fabulous. Favourite game – Match it renamed TRUGS!

I went straight in to school and have told them to get theirs ASAP as I have no doubt this will be a marvellous teaching aid. The class teacher is so positive and is raring to go.

From a mum - Vicki Hatcher prior to 01.01.09

1st January 2009


Dear Joanna,I bought (trugs Box 1) a red box of magic, which I described to you as marvellous. The children LOVE the new games - they are smashing.

From a mum - Polly Bennett, prior to 01.01.09

1st January 2009


Hello Joanna, it was just over 2 weeks ago that Sylvia and I with Jordan collected the first box of Trugs cards from you. We are very pleased with the progress he has made since playing the card games. His comprehension and retention of the written word is most marked and equally important he is the one looking forward to the next game of Trugs.Thank you most sincerely for producing the first stage in what we are sure will be the catalyst in markedly improving Jordan's reading skills, long may this continue. We look forward to the arrival of box number 2 and would ask that you do not forget to advise us when it is ready for collection.Please feel free to use any or all of our comments, we trust it may help another Jordan.

Yours Most Sincerely

Philip & Sylvia Daymond. Jordan's Grand-parents (Secondary age pupil), prior to 01.01.09

1st January 2009


Hi Joanna,

I ordered my box in the summer and have been using it this term. I practised in the hols with my 72 year old mum and 14 year old daughter!

I think it’s great and the children love it! The only problem is I could do with another one as they all want me to leave it with them!

Please send me information about the other boxes when they are ready

Lou

1st January 2009

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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

SENco

Chiddingstone Church of England Primary School

Headteacher@chiddingstone.Kent.sch.uk