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Gemma Wilkes

Dudley, West Midlands

Gemma graduated with a BA(Hons) and a PGCE specialism in Early Years. During her time at university, Gemma came across Jolly Phonics and saw the potential of the programme in her teaching. She has taught in local primary schools for the past 18 years, as well as being Strategic Leader for EYFS, KS1 and English.

Gemma has used Jolly Phonics, and then Grammar during all of her teaching years. She has experience implementing the programmes in Reception, Year One, Two, Three, Four and Five in a number of schools across Early Years, KS1 and KS2. Jolly Phonics and Grammar has never ceased to amaze Gemma! “To think that a child can begin their formal education in September with little knowledge of reading, to becoming a reader and writer after just eight weeks is phenomenal” states Gemma. She believes that reading is the key to the world.

Gemma can offer support with setting up and implementing Jolly Phonics and Grammar in your school from Early Years through to KS2. This can include phonics training for teachers, teaching assistances and parents, alternative whole school Inset days, twilight sessions or specific training for individuals, year groups or phases.

01384 242548
West Midlands

Olubusola Eshiet

BusolaNewcastle 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.

+447538034840 (UK) or +2349092945174 (Nigeria)
UK and International

Hannah Friedwald


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.

0208 732 8403
07732 361019
Greater London and the surrounding areas

Emma Bell

Emma BellPlymouth

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.

0749 167871
Happy to travel across Europe.

Dorcas Baffoe-Bonnie

Dorcas Baffoe-Bonnie taught with Jolly Phonics for many years at Bishop Bowers School in Accra where she saw a huge improvement as a result.  Dorcas graduated from the University of Science and Technology, Ghana which she followed with a Child Welfare Certificate at the School of Continuing Education at the University of Leeds.

Dorcas currently resides in the UK and is available to train in both the UK and Ghana

00233243824511 and 00233262824511
UK and Ghana

Karen Bridges

Karen BridgesReading

Karen Bridges is an experienced British teacher who has spent two years teaching in a village school in the Ashanti region.  Not only has she taught with Jolly Phonics but she has trained the local teachers.  She saw literacy rates in the school jump from 2% to 50% in just one term.  Now she gives training more widely in Ghana, and balances her time between Ghana and the UK.

00441491681025 (UK home)
00233246798017 (Ghana mobile), 00447775987720 (UK mobile),
Ghana and the UK

Elizabeth Nonweiler


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.



01635 37120
Across UK and Abroad

Jaz Ampaw-Farr

014 Jaz 360

Milton Keynes

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.



01908 569 442
UK, Europe and International

Marj Newbury


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.

07742 636567

Natalie Clayton


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.’

01535 654731
Bradford/Keighley area and North Yorkshire

Andrea Coates


Andrea has taught Reception class using the Jolly Phonics scheme for many years which has enabled her to accumulate a wealth of experience. She sees Jolly Phonics as an invaluable tool, means and introduction to reading and writing in a positive and exciting way and which enhances the wonder of learning for many children. With each new cohort, Andrea has repeatedly witnessed the same enthusiasm as children participate and engage in a fun, multi-sensory approach to learning. Having previously been a Reception teacher, Head of Lower School, Governor and Director, Andrea is currently dedicated to delivering Jolly Phonics training internationally. Andrea strives to encourage teachers to become passionate in implementing the Jolly Phonics methodology in a practical and successful way within the class setting. Andrea has been delighted with the many success stories from teachers and Principals that she has trained in Nepal, Nigeria and the UK.

0151 608 9906
07906 342144
UK and abroad

Northern Ireland

Anne McKeefry


Anne McKeefry delivers Jolly Phonics training to teachers, teaching assistants, pupils and parents, throughout Ireland. She caters for all stages of learning; from age three to adult. In her 35 years of teaching, mainly in Foundation Stage, the last eight years were extraordinary as she saw the amazing results achieved through the Jolly Phonics programme and how much the children love it! Anne’s confidence in, and passion for, Jolly Phonics has come from the incredible results she has achieved in the classroom and the continuous positive feedback that she receives. This experience has convinced her that learning to read and write successfully can be, and should be, both enjoyable and easy!

02840 650528


Clare Fulton


Clare Fulton (BEd Hons) is a qualified Nursery (Montessori trained) and Primary teacher, and has worked with children in all stages of primary school, in a variety of mainstream and additional support needs settings. The first Scottish trainer for Jolly Learning, she has travelled throughout Scotland providing continuing professional development in Jolly Phonics & Jolly Grammar. She first encountered the Jolly Phonics programme in 2002 when working in a school for children with special educational needs and was inspired by its structure and its enjoyable and comprehensive approach to phonics as a means of teaching pupils to read. She has repeatedly seen the growth in confidence and self-esteem of pupils as they have learned to read and write. Clare is also a National Literacy Trust leader.

07947 368117

Mairi Naseer


After many years teaching English as a Second Language overseas, Mairi is now based in Edinburgh.  Her training workshops aim to introduce Jolly Phonics and Grammar to pre-school and primary teachers, in a fun and effective way.  She is particularly keen on sharing the benefits of clear and focused literacy lessons for native and non-native English learners alike.  Willing to travel throughout the UK and internationally.

07493 127006
UK and Internationally


Training in England

Jolly Phonics Teaching Event in Essex

Jolly Phonics Teaching Event with Sara Wernham:

Effective Phonics Teaching Event for Teaching and Learning Support Assistants

Date:  Tuesday 27th February 2018
Times: 9:00am – 3:00pm (registration from 8:30am)
Venue: Rush Green Primary School, Dagenham Road, Romford, Essex. RM7 0TL
Cost: £80+VAT
Special Offer: Book 2 places, get a 3rd free!

Discover how to deliver the most effective phonics lesson!

This special event, run directly by Jolly Learning and hosted by our very own co-author, Sara Wernham, invite you to discover how you can embed key phonics skills so your children can master the skills they need for reading and writing.

Find out how you can:

  • Teach the letter sounds in a fun and engaging way
  • Show children how to correctly form and write sounds
  • Develop blending and segmenting skills with your children
  • When and how to teach tricky words
  • Introduce alternative letter sounds

For more information and to book, please click here to view the full event booking form!



Synthetic Phonics Advocate Recognised in New Year’s Honours List

Sue Lloyd, the co-author of Jolly Phonics and Grammar series, has been awarded an MBE for services to education.

Sue Lloyd said: “I didn’t think in my wildest dreams I’d get something like this. There’s an awful lot of other people who deserve this, people who have been campaigning for synthetic phonics for a long time. I’m very happy to have this honour for all the teachers who have realised how good synthetic phonics is.”

Mr Nick Gibb, MP for Bognor Regis & Littlehampton, said: “As one of the principal intellectual drivers of synthetic phonics in this country, the honour of an MBE is justly deserved and long overdue. Sue Lloyd’s drive and passion for the effective teaching of reading to young children has and will deliver to generations of children a sound foundation to their education. Her development of the Jolly Phonics programme, so dominant in our country’s primary schools, is testament to that work. The award of an MBE is recognition of all that she has achieved for millions of children.”

Elizabeth Nonweiler said: “I am thrilled that his award has been given to Sue Lloyd! By creating Jolly Phonics, she has helped children all over the world learn to read and spell words. She has inspired countless teachers, because they have experienced the joy of seeing children learn as a direct result of their teaching with Jolly Phonics. Sue is a committed and active member of the Reading Reform Foundation. She has worked tirelessly and effectively for better teaching of reading, influencing teachers, education leaders, publishers and governments.”

Praise for Jolly Music from Karen Marshall, Music Educator (SpLD Specialist Music Teacher)

“I have found the key to teaching SEN students is using multi-sensory, systematic, reinforced teaching methods.  Jolly Music is a perfect example of all of these three things combined together, making it a wonderful inclusive music education programme.” Karen Marshall, Music Educator (SpLD Specialist Music Teacher).

Karen is a member of the British Dyslexia Association’s Music Committee, and is also a seminar leader for ABRSM’s Certificate of Teaching (CT ABRSM) course on music and dyslexia. She writes and reviews for Music Teacher magazine.

For more information about Karen, see The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music website.

DfE Report on Jolly Phonics Training in London

The Department for Education recently monitored one of our training events for Match Funding in London; read their report on the training here.

Jolly Music Pilot Scheme

The Reception children at Calverton Primary and Oakthorpe Primary have held end-of-year assemblies to show their parents what they have been learning in the Jolly Music pilot scheme. The pilot scheme – a partnership between Jolly Learning Ltd, Newham Music Trust and Calverton Primary School in Newham, and between Jolly Learning Ltd, Enfield Arts Support Service and Oakthorpe Primary School in Enfield – has allowed successful implementation of the Jolly Music programme aimed at raising the achievement of children in the Early Years Foundation Stage and training teachers to teach music effectively.

Jolly Music is a primary school music curriculum based on playground rhymes, songs and games, allowing teachers to deliver an enjoyable lesson to their class. The programme uses a multi-sensory learning method, with all of the teaching done through singing. This makes the programme accessible and inclusive, and allows children to become instant music-makers.

Teachers of the receptions have received training throughout the year from Jolly Music authors David Vinden and Cyrilla Rowsell. The children at Calverton Primary have had Jolly Music lessons since September and the children at Oakthorpe Primary have had the lessons since October.  The goal has been to not only get the children singing, but also to build their musical experience. At the end of the year the children have been taught musical concepts and skills such as pulse, pitch and rhythm in addition to having become confident performers – as evidenced by their spirited singing in the Jolly Music assemblies.


Video from Calverton Primary School


Video from Oakthorpe Primary School


For more information on Jolly Music pilot scheme, please watch parent and teacher slide presentations from Calverton Primary School here and from Oakthorpe Primary School here.