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"Wow - Steps is awesome! Our son has just been diagnosed with severe dyslexia and this is the first programme I have seen that seems to really get how dyslexics think and what they need."
- Claire W. (Parent)

StepsWeb can be used on any device* including iPad, Chromebook and Android tablet, as well as your laptop or computer.

*Requires Chrome or Safari

  • StepsWeb is based on research into how children learn to read, and how their brains function.

  • StepsWeb is based on research into how children learn to read, and how their brains function.

  • StepsWeb is based on research into how children learn to read, and how their brains function.

Find out how StepsWeb can work for you:

StepsWeb - the online literacy and language programme created with your needs in mind

StepsWeb is a comprehensive, user-friendly literacy programme, which has changed the lives of thousands of learners.
  • Effective and Enjoyable
  • Dyslexia Friendly
  • Follow courses - or make your own lists
  • Caters for all learners
  • Ages 6 - adult
  • Used by over 800 NZ schools

What makes StepsWeb different?

StepsWeb can be customized for every learner.
Tap into the thousands of words and lists already in StepsWeb, or add your own words, sentences, clues and definitions. Steps will then create a range of computer activities for your own words.

StepsWeb is based on research into how children learn to read, and how their brains function.
The programme covers the core knowledge and skills needed for reading and spelling, including vocabulary, comprehension and reading fluency. Games and other activities also practise visual and auditory memory skills.

StepsWeb provides structured courses, with automatic error analysis and individualised revision.
Simply take the Placement Test to find the right starting point – StepsWeb does all the rest! You’ll get full records so you can see how your students are doing.

StepsWeb provides games and medals, which motivate learners of all ages.
Your students will get gold, silver or bronze medals for completing each activity. Learners can even go back and ‘upgrade’ bronze and silver medals – a great way to give extra practice!

For every list, StepsWeb automatically generates a whole range of activities to practice all aspects of using that word.
The activities include recognising the word, putting it into a sentence, sequencing the words in a sentence, Wordsearch, breaking the word into sounds, sequencing the letters, spelling the word, and more.

How can StepsWeb help my students?

You can use StepsWeb to teach or reinforce spelling, reading, phonic knowledge, vocabulary, grammar and comprehension. Here are some ideas:
  • Enter class spelling lists into StepsWeb
  • Make a list of words that individual students are struggling with
  • Teach words your students will need for school topics
  • Use the Courses section of StepsWeb as a whole class literacy progression
  • Use the Courses section for your struggling learners in a withdrawal session to provide a structured literacy programme

Learners with dyslexia need considerable reinforcement. Workbooks are also available to reinforce the Courses section.

What parents say:

  • Since starting Steps, my child’s confidence with spelling has been dramatically increased. He now loves to read by himself at night in bed and his fluency has increased. Whilst sick in bed recently, he did crosswords all day! It is lovely to see his confidence in reading, spelling and writing has risen so much in just the last two months.

    - Cassandra S.
  • My daughter uses your programme at school and couldn’t wait to use it at home last night. It is a fantastic learning tool and it works very effectively.

    - Paula E.
  • A friend of mine’s son uses your programme at his school and she was raving about how much his reading has improved since he’s been using it.

    - Pip L.
  • The girls loved the Steps software. Our eldest daughter had to be dragged away from the computer to have dinner and was very proud of her gold and silver medals. She also liked the idea of being able to bring home words from school and add them to the software.

    - Richard C.
  • Gabriel works on the programme before school to wake his brain up for the school day. His reading, sentence structure, vocabulary, story writing, spelling and general cognition have all improved enormously… We’d like to commend you on this wonderful learning programme; it has been a revelation in our world.

    - Shelley C.

StepsWeb is a powerful tool, but it is very intuitive. It’s easy to find out where your students should start – or make lists yourself. There are guides and videos to help you. As a subscriber, you’ll also have free access to other resources and information on our Support Website. This includes games and worksheets you can print out for your students and classes.

What do teachers say about StepsWeb?

Maungawhau School

We are thrilled with the Steps programme at Maungawhau School. We began the programme part way through term two and reassessed all the students at the end of term. Some students had moved over a year in less than two months. The results are amazing but more importantly the students are loving the programme and enthusiastically attend sessions. When we began running in class groups other students were really keen to be included as it is such a fun and motivating way to learn. In my withdrawal groups students race to get to me first so they don’t miss out on anything. At the moment we are keeping things simple and only using the workbooks and computer software but once we have found our feet we will be keen to include the games also. The programme is very comprehensive and helps to fill the gaps identified in psych reports e.g. memory and processing difficulties without us having to buy a range of different software and specialist services. It is incredibly user friendly and it is easy to closely monitor students’ progress and particular areas of strength and need and to tailor it to meet these specific needs.

Mrs J., Darfield

I am a registered teacher with more than twenty years experience teaching students to read. I now own an after-school tuition centre, working with a wide range of ages and abilities. I can honestly say that the STEPS program forms the backbone of my literacy teaching. It brings together and refines some of the best literacy teaching and learning strategies that I have encountered during my time in the classroom and at university undertaking professional development. The technical support provided is outstanding. The program is challenging, user-friendly and effective – and kids love it!

Judith Cain, MEd

Since I began my teaching career, 50 years ago, I have worried about the students who have struggled with the process of learning to read and write. I have embraced all the “new” ideas, done all the training and followed the advice from the experts. Until now, I have still experienced the anguish of feeling that I was failing to “find the key” to help many students. In my experience as RTLB, the discovery of the Steps programme from the Learning Staircase has been thoroughly exciting. Participating in this programme, students who have been struggling from their beginning days at school, who have had intensive support including Reading Recovery, have been able to make massive gains in reading, writing and spelling. It is thrilling to see students who have been thoroughly ‘turned off’ reading, become excited and enthusiastic learners. I am now confident that students with serious literacy learning difficulties can be supported using this innovative and creative programme.

Annual subscription from as low as per student.

Prices vary depending on number of licences purchased. Plus Tax where applicable.

StepsWeb - the online literacy and language programme created with your needs in mind

StepsWeb is a comprehensive, user-friendly literacy programme, which has changed the lives of thousands of learners.
  • Effective and Enjoyable
  • Dyslexia Friendly
  • Follow courses - or make your own lists
  • Caters for all learners
  • Ages 6 - adult
  • Used by over 800 NZ schools

What makes StepsWeb different?

StepsWeb can be customized for every learner.
Tap into the thousands of words and lists already in StepsWeb, or add your own words, sentences, clues and definitions. Steps will then create a range of computer activities for your own words.

StepsWeb is based on research into how children learn to read, and how their brains function.
The programme covers the core knowledge and skills needed for reading and spelling, including vocabulary, comprehension and reading fluency. Games and other activities also practise visual and auditory memory skills.

StepsWeb provides structured courses, with automatic error analysis and individualised revision.
Simply take the Placement Test to find the right starting point – StepsWeb does all the rest! You’ll get full records so you can see how your child is doing.

StepsWeb provides games and medals, which motivate learners of all ages.
Your child will get a gold, silver or bronze medal for completing each activity. Learners can even go back and ‘upgrade’ bronze and silver medals – a great way to give extra practice!

For every list, StepsWeb automatically generates a whole range of activities to practice all aspects of using that word.
The activities include recognising the word, putting it into a sentence, sequencing the words in a sentence, Wordsearch, breaking the word into sounds, sequencing the letters, spelling the word, and more.

How can StepsWeb help my child?

You can use StepsWeb to teach or reinforce spelling, reading, phonic knowledge, vocabulary, grammar and comprehension. Here are some ideas:
  • Enter your child's school spelling list into StepsWeb
  • Make a list of words your child is struggling with
  • Teach words your child will need for school topics
  • Use the Courses section of StepsWeb to provide a structured literacy programme for your child

Learners with dyslexia need considerable reinforcement. Workbooks are also available to reinforce the Courses section.

What parents say:

  • Since starting Steps, my child’s confidence with spelling has been dramatically increased. He now loves to read by himself at night in bed and his fluency has increased. Whilst sick in bed recently, he did crosswords all day! It is lovely to see his confidence in reading, spelling and writing has risen so much in just the last two months.

    - Cassandra S.
  • My daughter uses your programme at school and couldn’t wait to use it at home last night. It is a fantastic learning tool and it works very effectively.

    - Paula E.
  • A friend of mine’s son uses your programme at his school and she was raving about how much his reading has improved since he’s been using it.

    - Pip L.
  • The girls loved the Steps software. Our eldest daughter had to be dragged away from the computer to have dinner and was very proud of her gold and silver medals. She also liked the idea of being able to bring home words from school and add them to the software.

    - Richard C.
  • Gabriel works on the programme before school to wake his brain up for the school day. His reading, sentence structure, vocabulary, story writing, spelling and general cognition have all improved enormously… We’d like to commend you on this wonderful learning programme; it has been a revelation in our world.

    - Shelley C.

StepsWeb is a powerful tool, but it is very intuitive. It’s easy to find out where your child should start – or make lists yourself. There are guides and videos to help you. As a subscriber, you’ll also have free access to other resources and information on our Support Website. This includes games and worksheets you can print out for your child.

What do teachers say about StepsWeb?

Maungawhau School

We are thrilled with the Steps programme at Maungawhau School. We began the programme part way through term two and reassessed all the students at the end of term. Some students had moved over a year in less than two months. The results are amazing but more importantly the students are loving the programme and enthusiastically attend sessions. When we began running in class groups other students were really keen to be included as it is such a fun and motivating way to learn. In my withdrawal groups students race to get to me first so they don’t miss out on anything. At the moment we are keeping things simple and only using the workbooks and computer software but once we have found our feet we will be keen to include the games also. The programme is very comprehensive and helps to fill the gaps identified in psych reports e.g. memory and processing difficulties without us having to buy a range of different software and specialist services. It is incredibly user friendly and it is easy to closely monitor students’ progress and particular areas of strength and need and to tailor it to meet these specific needs.

Mrs J., Darfield

I am a registered teacher with more than twenty years experience teaching students to read. I now own an after-school tuition centre, working with a wide range of ages and abilities. I can honestly say that the STEPS program forms the backbone of my literacy teaching. It brings together and refines some of the best literacy teaching and learning strategies that I have encountered during my time in the classroom and at university undertaking professional development. The technical support provided is outstanding. The program is challenging, user-friendly and effective – and kids love it!

Judith Cain, MEd

Since I began my teaching career, 50 years ago, I have worried about the students who have struggled with the process of learning to read and write. I have embraced all the “new” ideas, done all the training and followed the advice from the experts. Until now, I have still experienced the anguish of feeling that I was failing to “find the key” to help many students. In my experience as RTLB, the discovery of the Steps programme from the Learning Staircase has been thoroughly exciting. Participating in this programme, students who have been struggling from their beginning days at school, who have had intensive support including Reading Recovery, have been able to make massive gains in reading, writing and spelling. It is thrilling to see students who have been thoroughly ‘turned off’ reading, become excited and enthusiastic learners. I am now confident that students with serious literacy learning difficulties can be supported using this innovative and creative programme.

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