Guided Reading for Decoding and Comprehension Strategy Instruction

This website provides you with teacher training that will ensure you get the very best out of your instructional reading time. Our approach is based on efficient, best practice teaching and learning pedagogy ... AND we have some great resources to help you make it happen.


Face-to-face teacher training in guided reading from beginner readers through to fluent comprehenders.

ONLiNE Training

 In-your-own time online training as a workshop follow-up or where you can't attend a workshop,

SHARP Stories

High interest texts for Guided and Shared Reading RA 7-16yrs with extensive follow-up activities.


Quickly identify decoding issues and the weak comprehender. Ensure your teaching is needs driven.


Covid-19 has meant that many schools worldwide are having to transition to distance or home based learning. For the majority of teachers this has forced us into a steep learning curve as we adapt our methods and our resources to meet the needs of our learners.

We are providing ongoing support to teachers with suggestions about how to make this transition smooth and manageable with 'Supporting the Teacher' emails and webpages. 

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Our SharpReading Stages


Phonics Instruction
A structured, easy to follow beginners guide.


Stages 1&2
Getting guided reading right for the beginning reader.

Constructing Meaning

Stages 3&4
Guided Reading to develop sentence level comprehension

Thinking Critically

Stages 5&6

Big picture comprehension strategy instruction

The Struggling Older Reader

SevenPlus (an intervention) and a transition back to guided reading.

Whole School or Individual Professional Development

We provide mix and match components so that you can customise your whole school professional development
OR go solo ONLiNE (train on your own at your own pace).

"A great training day. So practical...can't wait to get back to my classroom and SHARPen up my kids."

Guided Reading Workshops

Our very practical, 'ready to teach the next day' workshops get you started with our approach to Guided Reading.  We have workshops to cover all the options; phonics, decoding, comprehension, interventions for the struggling older reader.

Send several teachers to one of our public workshops so that you can trial the programme in your school OR we will come to your school for a Teacher Only Day Start-Up Workshop.

Twelve months of access to our ONLiNE training is built into the workshop prices.

SharpReading ONLiNE

Unable to attend a workshop or distance means a school based TOD is not cost effective, then SharpReading ONLiNE provides you with our Guided Reading training that is just a click away. 

Everything you need to become an accomplished SharpReading teacher is built into the ONLiNE training. We walk you through the theoretical background and show you annotated video of the teaching routines in action in the classroom. Go away and have a go. Come back with fresh eyes and see what you missed. 

REMEMBER of course that you get all of this anyway as part of the workshop package. 

Discounts are available when you purchase bulk licenses. Perfect for running your own in-house, whole school professional development.  More....

"Learning at my own pace in my own time really works for me. The ONLiNE learning progression is really clear and I can download everything I need. Email support is always available."

Resources to Support your Teaching

"These stories are the best thing. Kids love them. I wouldn't be without them for guided reading."

SHARP Stories for your Guided Reading Lessons

Our focus is on reading ages from 7-16 years and we are continually adding to our collections of fiction and non fiction text; carefully written, high impact text designed to get the most out of those so important guided reading lessons.

Check out our  StoryBytes,  Short Stories,  InfoBytes,  Information Reports, all with follow up activities based on Bloom's Taxonomy to develop independent after reading comprehension skills.

SHARP Assessment

Our Informal Prose Inventory is specifically for those students who have had a couple of years instruction and are beyond the emergent reading phase. There is a running record component which allows you to check their decoding strategies, a retell section so you can check their ability to process and hold onto the content and Q&A. Tests are from RA 6-15yrs.

Provides that all important insight into whether your students are really processing text or just efficient decoders.

"I have been using these tests for years. I try other things but always end up coming back to IPI because it gives me the best data on my kids."

Teacher Testimonials

"As a Curriculum leader in a variety of schools I have been working with the SharpReading program and products for a number of years. I have been really impressed with all aspects of SharpReading."

Tracey Shields
Coolum Beach Christian College, QLD

"SharpReading has been an essential part of our school reading programme for 2 years. I can’t believe how good the Year 3 and 4 students are at unpacking sentences. Their ability to really process and think about what the sentence is saying is so good!"

Andrea Barr
Spreydon School, Christchurch

"Thank you SharpReading for StoryBytes! These resources are becoming a big part of my reading programme. The stories are just the right length with lots of interesting vocabulary and ideas - my readers love them and we all look forward to a new story every week."

Charlotte Reid
Otonga School

Latest Blog Post

CREATING - Coming up with new ideas

March 6, 2019
This can be the really fun part of follow-up reading activities. A good story, that has been properly processed and understood, should have created a vivid impression on the imagination of the reader. To invite the reader to grapple further with the ideas in the text; to create new possibilities and...
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The SharpReading Team

Hilton Ayrey

Brian Parker

Janine Greer
Christchurch Trainer

Andrea Barr
Christchurch Trainer

West Australian SharpReading Consultants

Jill Buckrell

Kerry Handley

Christopher Witt

Join Our SharpReading Network

Hilton and Brian have been teaching and training teachers for more years than they care to remember. SharpReading is the result of countless hours of classroom teaching and years of dedication to supporting and working alongside teachers and education experts.  The aim of our 'SharpReading Network' is to share core insights about successful teaching gained from working alongside you. The  underlying belief is that while there are many ways to teach, in this age of information overload, we must be practical and efficient. 

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