Elizabeth Noweiler is an experienced teacher who provides training in synthetic phonics for beginning readers, for progression in primary school and for children with reading difficulties. Training includes the use of Jolly Phonics, as well as an overview of a range of effective resources for consolidation, progression and special needs. Elizabeth works across the UK and abroad. She has led a project establishing synthetic phonics in schools in the Caribbean.
Jaz Ampaw-Farr is simply a teacher with a passion for preventing literacy failure; a passion that lead her to become an international ambassador, literacy consultant and director of Which Phonics Ltd – a group of expert trainers offering highly practical literacy Inset. Jaz has worked in a variety of educational settings offering solid, independent and unbiased advice. She was the original Jolly Phonics trainer back in 1995 and has spoken at conferences and advised governments on teaching reading, spelling, writing and grammar in the UK and around the globe. She was the only teacher invited by Sir Jim Rose to assess phonics programmes for the DFE, and one of only 20 training bodies included in the ESPO Phonics Catalogue. She began working with Osiris in 2008 and her clients also include teacher training colleges, local authorities and primary and secondary schools.
You may recognise Jaz from the BBC spelling show, Hard Spell Abbey, which she worked on as educational advisor, writer and co-presenter. More recently she appeared as a candidate on the BBC1 show The Apprentice. As a trainer Jaz’s enthusiasm is infectious and hugely motivating. Her background as a stand up comedian, in-depth knowledge of her subject and commitment to making your life as a teacher easier guarantee Jaz’s training to be engaging and resourceful.
Natalie Clayton is an experienced foundation stage teacher and head of early years department in a Lancashire school. Natalie provides training in Jolly Phonics for beginning readers and children with special educational needs. Natalie has used Jolly Phonics successfully for many years in both primary age range children and pre-school children and provides day long training and visits to individual schools. ‘Jolly Phonics embeds the foundations needed for children to become confident readers and writers.’
Marj Newbury is an experienced full-time teacher, wholly committed to Jolly Phonics. She has a wealth of knowledge of implementing successful phonic teaching in nurseries, reception classes, KS1/KS2 & Special Ed. She regularly speaks at higher education institutions, teacher training universities and conferences in the UK. Marj has worked all over the world, has written many published articles, and has been involved in phonics research. Alongside Jolly Phonics & Jolly Grammar, she also gives training in Jolly Phonics for the Whiteboard and Jolly Music. She is highly regarded as an enthusiastic and effective trainer.
Caroline Knowles has been a class teacher, SENCO, Assistant Head and a leading literacy teacher for the Wirral. She has also worked for a year in Nigeria teacher training. With Jolly Phonics she has seen children having fun and making rapid progress. She has also seen the need for teachers and teaching assistants to have a firm understanding so they can be confident and imaginative in using the programme.
Andrea has taught Reception class using Jolly Phonics over the past 15 years which has enabled her to accumulate a wealth of experience. She sees Jolly Phonics as an invaluable tool, means, and introduction to reading in a positive and encouraging way, and which enhances the wonder and excitement of learning for many children. With each new cohort, she has repeatedly witnessed the same enthusiasm as they participate and engage in a fun, multi-sensory approach to learning. She has been amazed at the ongoing progress of the children as they continue in Year 1 with Jolly Grammar. Andrea can give training in the North West of UK during term time and is willing to travel abroad during school holidays.
Dr. Susan Whittaker is currently a Curriculum Coordinator in Literacy at an SEN school in Slough, England. Susan works primarily with children within the Autism Provision where she uses Jolly Phonics to secure the reading skills of both verbal and non-verbal children. Susan has previously taught kindergarten and early childhood special education in the US and Canada where she used Jolly Phonics as her foundation phonics programme. As part of her doctorate programme (Ed.D), through Aurora University, Susan researched the use of Jolly Phonics as a whole-group curriculum as weak as its use in small group reading intervention, with remarkable results. Susan continues to conduct ongoing research in the use of Jolly Phonics and offers support in the USA through her business; Jolly Reading, based in Niagara Falls, New York. Susan is eager to support school districts and teachers in the use of both the Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar programmes.
Newcastle upon Tyne
Dr Olubusola Eshiet has facilitated training in Jolly Phonics, Jolly Phonics Extra and Jolly Grammar for several thousand teachers in Nigeria and some in Ghana. Her training and mentoring have helped teachers move from enduring English Language teaching to enjoying the subject. She continues to research the use of Jolly Phonics and is the research leader for Jolly Phonics Extra. She shares the results of her research at local and international conferences. Busola supports government bodies, teachers, and schools through Optimalpath Consulting Limited, her business based in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the North East of England.
Hannah Friedwald has been teaching phonics using the Jolly Phonics method in Reception for over 11 years. Through this experience Hannah has developed teaching ideas, games and interactive stimulating lessons for whole class and group work. Using Jolly Phonics, she has also been able to successfully integrate SEN children and struggling readers through fun and exciting multisensory activities, to enable easier progression which in turn promotes self-esteem.
Hannah can give Jolly Phonics training to equip staff with the skills and techniques required to teach beginner readers and facilitate progression in phonics and integration of Literacy through all other areas of the curriculum.
Emma started teaching EFL in 1994 and since then has done many, many different vocations. All the experiences she’s gained have led her to become a dynamic and inspirational teacher. She came across Jolly Phonics four years ago and finds it an exceptional resource for helping bi-lingual children to read in English. She specialises in teaching 7-11 year olds and children with SpLDs (Specific Learning Differences) and Jolly Grammar. She is also a Cambridge examiner and prepares students for the B1 and B2 examinations.