Celeste Musgrave is an experienced teacher with over 20 years of classroom practice and has been challenged with children of non – English backgrounds and special needs. She has trained teachers in synthetic phonics throughout Australia, Asia, the Middle East and the UK. She is also currently teaching children with learning difficulties in literacy and numeracy. Celeste runs a teacher training orgainsation called Jolly Discoveries, offering courses in literacy and other curriculum areas throughout Australia.
Merilyn Frost is a dedicated and passionate teacher with experience in both the Catholic and Public School systems. Her experience has ranged from K-6 with the majority of her teaching being in Early Stage 1 and Stage1. Since implementing the Jolly Phonics Programme, students within her class have achieved excellent results whilst becoming enthusiastic readers and prolific writers. Merilyn has conducted workshops and information sessions for teachers, parents and the wider community on the far North Coast of NSW and the Middle East.
Emma Hartnell-Baker was trained in the UK and taught there, using Jolly Phonics for many years. Her first degree specialised in Early Years and her Masters degree in Special Educational Needs. She became a Head Teacher and finally an OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education) Inspector. She emigrated to Queensland and was soon enthusiastic to raise literacy standards. She founded Read Australia™ to provide free information and advice, and more recently Jolly Literacy Solutions to provide training in Jolly Phonics. She gives workshops for parents as well as for teachers.
Canberra, ACT (Australian Capital Territory)
Jan Marsh is a primary school teacher and has used Jolly Phonics with young children for a number of years with outstanding results. In conjunction with Maris Sayer, she has presented information sessions and workshops to parents and teachers. These sessions include video footage taken at her school demonstrating Jolly Phonics working in the classroom.
Melissa Schoorman took the initiative to trial Jolly Phonics in her school. Such were the results, in higher achievement and the ending of failure, that she was asked to guide the rest of the teaching staff in teaching with Jolly Phonics, and also Jolly Grammar.
Frances Scobie and Jan Polkinghorne each have over 30 years Primary classroom experience. Since then they have tutored children with specific learning difficulties and provided training in Jolly Phonics, Jolly Grammar, computer software and IWB skills. They are aware of research into Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar that demonstrates repeatedly the raising of standards of reading and spelling. They work from the SPELD SA (Special Learning Difficulties Association) Centre and give training courses there, or they can give training at your venue.
Victoria Carlton, is the director of The International Centre for Excellence (ICE), and extensively uses Jolly Phonics to help West Australian children improve and succeed at literacy skills. She frequently travels to the UK to meet the authors and publisher of Jolly Phonics and to check on current research in this area. She developed and conducted her own programmes which are used with great success at her own centre in Australia and now in her licensed centre in Singapore. Victoria has conducted many professional training courses for teachers and parents in Australia and S.E.A., all of whom are attracted to her pragmatic and clear approach as it provides a clear pathway through the educational “maze”. She has trained thousands of teachers and educators for more than 10 years jointly with September 21 Enterprise Pte Ltd in Singapore. Her workshops are so popular that she has now committed to travelling to Singapore 4 times annually to conduct the highly successful Jolly Learning training workshops. Her workshops are attended by participants from all over the Asia Pacific region. Victoria is convinced that Jolly Phonics is the most effective literacy programme available to teach literacy skills and was featured on the TV current affairs program, Today Tonight, to demonstrate and discuss the approach.
Jacqui Tarquinio has taught with Jolly Phonics in NSW, Melbourne and the UK (where she first found the programme). She has been surprised at the low awareness of this teaching in Victoria. She is passionate to enable other teachers to achieve with it, having seen how Jolly Phonics gives children the tools and confidence to read and write.
Santina Di Mauro is an experienced teacher with over 20 years classroom experience and has trained teachers in the use of Jolly Phonics in Australia, Asia, the Middle East and the UK. She is dedicated to providing teachers with training that gives them what they want as well as what they need.
SPELD(SA) have published an interim report on their on-going study into the effects of a synthetic phonics and systematic spelling and grammar program on children’s reading and spelling skills.
In 2010, SPELD(SA) commenced a 13-year study to investigate what effect the systematic teaching of synthetic phonics, and a systematic spelling and grammar program had on students in the first three years of school. This study is being carried out on students who are being taught to read, write, and spell using Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar.
In their conclusion, Weeks and Ozols report that: “By the end of their second year of formal schooling, students in this study, aged between 6 years 5 months and 8 years 2 months (average age 7 years 1 month), had made a very strong start with the development of their reading and spelling skills. The average gain in reading (14 months above chronological age) and spelling (17.7 months above chronological age) is greater than that of the students in the Clackmannanshire study whose reading and spelling scores were 11 months above chronological age at the end of their second year at school. ” (p.9)
This is only the beginning of a comprehensive study but the results do show that good synthetic phonics and systematic grammar teaching with the right products can make a difference in any school.
If you would like to read the full interim report, then you can download it here.
She will be teaching classes each day in methodology (in teaching 6- to 10-year-olds) and musicianship, running a ‘Conducting for Beginners’ workshop on Wednesday 3rd, and giving the keynote speech on Friday 5th.
For more information, please visit the conference web page.
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