Sailaway Reading

Classes & Workshops

We are qualified primary teachers with a passion for the Science of Reading. Our belief is that every child can learn to read. Our evidence-based approaches support all children, from emergent readers to those who require additional support throughout their primary years. We run Reading Ready Groups for preschoolers. We offer Ready, Set, Read Groups for primary school students. We work with individual children who have specific learning differences such as dyslexia. We work with schools to support teachers to move towards best practice for teaching reading, writing and spelling. Our approach is "helpful for all children, harmful to none and crucial for some". (Snow and Juel, 2005)

Sarah Hughes qualified as a primary school teacher in the UK with a specialty in English and Drama. She has taught in both public and private schools, within England, Singapore and Australia, teaching all areas of the curriculum across the whole school from Early Years to Grade 6. Sarah was working as a member of the senior leadership team when synthetic phonics was implemented across schools in the UK, and has first hand experience of how successful and essential structured literacy is in the teaching of reading, writing and spelling. Since moving to Australia with her husband and four children, Sarah has specialised in Literacy intervention, completing training in the following programs: Multi-sensory Structured Learning (MSL), Little Learners Love Literacy and Sounds-Write. She actively continues her professional development and is an advocate for the Science of Reading. She works 1:1 to support children with specific learning differences, including dyslexia and those who may have gaps in their literacy knowledge. Sarah works closely with parents and schools, she has delivered Professional Development to small group and whole school settings. Sarah is passionate about ensuring all learners have strong foundations in literacy, hence the birth of SailAway Readers and the introduction of the Reading Ready classes.

Nat Brass Nat Brass is a Literacy Intervention Teacher with a Master of Education (Inclusive and Special Education). She has specialist qualifications in working with dyslexic learners and those with specific learning differences. Nat believes that all children can learn to read so she works collaboratively with families, teachers and school leadership to ensure the best possible outcomes for the students that she supports. She is passionate about sharing the messages promoted by the Science of Reading. Nat empowers schools to take on evidence based practices that will improve schoolwide data and promote inclusion in literacy.


 Bookings & More Information

All booking come through our website:

  • Reviews:

    My son LOVES attending the Reading Ready groups, he is forever spotting letters and sounds when we are out and about.  He has learned a lot and is super excited to attend each week!

    - Tim's Mum

    Magic happened when my daughter entered the SailAway classes! They are friendly, intimate and focussed. The teachers are skilled and passionate, Abby loves coming!

    - Abby's Mum

    Thanks Nat and Sarah! The kids LOVE coming and can't wait for their reading classes every week. Amazing how much they have learned, they love pointing out sounds and symbols everywhere we go!

    - Charlotte and Cam's Dad
  • Event Details
    Date & Times:
    Tuesdays, Wednesday and Fridays


    All booking come through our website:

    Tuesday 9:30 -10:15 am 3+ years 

    Tuesday 10:30- 11:30 am 4+ years

    Wednesday 9:30 - 11am 4+ years 

    Fridays 12:30-1:30pm 4+ years 


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