Primary Testimonials


I wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU for sending us all the Trugs games! We are working our way through them (we've watched your YouTube tutorials!) and absolutely love them. The kids play them for ages and happily read the words without even realising they are reading. 

Luke is pretty good at reading but often won't focus, so it is particularly good for him as it is just one word at a time. Beth is a champion little reader and will happily pick up her reading book and read to me, but these are so good for getting more words into her vocab and trying out new sounds. The kids have learnt the words "gram" and "prop" which they didn't know before. 

Beth has sent her teacher a video message telling her about the game and her lovely teacher has said she must get it for school when it reopens.

From a MumNW London

A colleague introduced me to TRUGS a few years ago when I was teaching at a mainstream school, and I saw how it motivated pupils and aided their progression in reading and spelling.

 So I introduced it to our special school when I moved here, and it has proved so popular.  We like that it we can track their progress and groups of pupils can play independently - so important for our youngsters.

It forms part of our literacy intervention, but also pupils choose to play it just for fun!

Thank you once again for thinking of us in schools in these extraordinary times - and thank you for creating this marvellous game!

Liz Edmundson

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

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)

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.

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.

Secondary Testimonials


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

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

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

Specialist teacher in the Midlands

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

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

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

Lyn Wells. Specialist dyslexia tutor/assessor

Parents Testimonials


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

Specialist teacher in the Midlands

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

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.

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.

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

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

Lyn Wells. Specialist dyslexia tutor/assessor