Guided Reading for Decoding and Comprehension Strategy Instruction

What is Guided Reading?
Guided Reading is small-group reading instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching that supports students towards reading proficiency. The small group model means that the teacher can be more focused on the students specific needs, accelerating their progress.

What is SharpReading?
SharpReading is a teaching and learning framework that provides direction for teachers and equips them to be SHARP (efficient, cutting edge) in their delivery of Guided Reading. The SharpReading website provides access to quality teacher training plus the resources they need to make this work in the classroom.


Guided reading instruction

Who is SharpReading for?
Whether you are a beginning teacher looking for a structured way to make a start, an experienced teacher looking for a more efficient process, a Literacy Support teacher looking for something for your teachers that are struggling, or a principal or School Literacy leader looking for a consistent school wide approach that gets results, you will find what you are looking for in SharpReading.

Teacher Training

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

SHARP Stories

High interest stories and non fiction text for Guided and Shared Reading RA 7-16yrs with extensive follow-up activities.


Procedures for establishing benchmarks and quickly identifying decoding and comprehension issues.  Ensure your teaching is needs driven.

What's NEW in SharpReading

Webinars ... Supporting you in your training

Well done teachers. We are all emerging from the lockdown and our thoughts are now turning to the new 'normal' back in the classroom.

It has made sense to us to postpone all of our workshops at various locations around the country until Term 3. However we know that there are teacher's out there who are still looking for training and so we have been developing Start-Up Webinars to supplement our ONLiNE courses.  

The webinar format will be similar to our face-to-face workshops, lots of interaction (we are keeping webinar sizes to 10 to make sure that happens), lots of practice opportunities and the chance for your Q&A. We have tried to provide lots of options across the time zones. Look for ONLiNE Course PLUS Start-Up Webinars in the drop down menu.

Our SharpReading Courses


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.

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

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. 

Fill in your details in the sign up form below to keep in touch as we continue to look for ways to SHARPEN teaching so that reading instruction is meaningful and manageable.


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