Sailaway Reading Group with Sarah Hughes & Nat Brass

Classes & Workshops



"Our Reading Ready Preschool Groups are designed to introduce your child to the fundamental beginning reading skills."

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)


"We use an evidence based approach that uses rhythm, rhyme, movement and play to explicitly teach the letter-sounds. We develop fine motor skills for handwriting while helping your child to build a love of reading and writing, for life." 


Sarah Hughes is a qualified 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.


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Sarah Hughes & Nat Brass  

Contact Sailaway now to arrange a trial session.

Ph: 0422 667 553