A flexible whole school
research-based spelling program


Planned and written by Dr Tessa Daffern, Oxford Spelling incorporates the latest spelling research into a flexible and practical classroom resource.

This comprehensive series enables teachers to teach spelling generalisations and strategies sequentially and explicitly, and connect spelling knowledge to reading, writing and other disciplines.

You can trust our expert authors and award-winning publishing team to support you with the tools needed to confidently implement the new Study Design, save time while lesson planning and ensure the best learning outcomes for your students.

Confidently teach spelling sequentially and explicitly

Enables the teaching of spelling generalisations and strategies, and connects spelling knowledge to reading, writing and other disciplines.

Support students to build their spelling success

Cater for diverse learning needs and address classroom differentiation with a flexible whole class or group instruction program.

Expand student vocabulary and literacy skills

Uses high-frequency Oxford Wordlist words, Oxford Dictionaries and excerpts from fiction and non-fiction literary texts.

Apply research-based teaching to classroom practice

Teacher Handbooks and Oxford Owl Teacher Dashboards provide a rich offering of blended teaching support and resources.

Meet our expert author


Dr Tessa Daffern has contributed to education in many capacities for over twenty years: as a classroom teacher in schools, a teaching and learning specialist, a literacy coordinator, an academic, and is currently Director and Principal Education Consultant at Literacy Education Solutions. Tessa’s PhD examined the teaching and learning of spelling and writing in Australian school contexts and involved almost 1,400 students across 17 schools.

Tessa has scoped, planned and written the Oxford Spelling series to incorporate the best and latest spelling research into a flexible and practical classroom resource that supports educators in delivering best-practice spelling instruction in schools.

Confidently implement curriculum-aligned spelling

Oxford Spelling is aligned to the latest Australian, NSW and Victorian curricula, with support for the ACARA Literacy Progressions.

This comprehensive series enables teachers to teach spelling generalisations and strategies, connect spelling knowledge to reading, writing and other disciplines.

Help support students build upon their spelling success

Oxford Spelling’s full colour Student Books provide a systematic exploration of words through phonology, orthography and morphology.

The full colour Student Books also feature ‘Bringing it together’ activities to allow for practice and consolidation of the phonological, orthographic and morphological skills.

Student Workbooks provide targeted opportunities that enable students to learn spelling rules and generalisations.

Links to Oxford resources and phonics sequence

The series includes links to the Oxford Wordlist, Oxford Dictionaries and the phonic sequence of our phonics-based literacy.

Oxford Spelling allows for exposure to rich vocabulary for spelling practice through dictionary activities and includes a glossary of useful terms that link to our Oxford Wordlist.

Within the Student Workbooks, glossary terms are highlighted so that students can remind themselves of key terminology. Oxford Wordlist high frequency words are covered across Years F–2, reinforcing the use and spelling of much-used vocabulary.

Teacher Handbook Digital Resources

Teacher Handbooks come with access to additional resources on Oxford Owl, including:

  • mapping to the NSW, Victorian and Australian Curriculum English curricula
  • printable assessment templates
  • printable flashcards for word-sorting tasks
  • assorted templates for consolidation games and linguistic inquiry activities

Student Workbooks

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Teacher Handbooks

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Oxford Children’s Language Australia
Exploring Australian
Students' Spelling Skills

Read an analysis of national trends in Australian students’ spelling based on NAPLAN results and 2020 research involving 2436 NSW students in Years 1 and 2. This paper by Dr Tessa Daffern focuses on the importance of developing phonological, orthographic and morphological spelling skills concurrently from the earliest years of schooling and provides insights across the early, middle and upper primary years.

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