About us


We’re very proud that our author Sue Lloyd has recently been awarded an MBE for services to education. She’s taught for over 20 years in Woods Loke Primary School (Suffolk) and it was here she began to use phonic methods – developing and improving them from research, advice and practical experience. She’s the author of many phonics books and resources in the Jolly Phonics programme. She spends her time travelling the world giving synthetic phonics training and advising literacy policy.


Founded by Chris Jolly in 1987 – Jolly Learning branched into Jolly Phonics just five years later. There has been much research undertaken that has proved the remarkable impact of Jolly Phonics on children’s ability to read and write fluently.

What is very interesting about phonics is its effect across the board. Boys and girls improve equally using this method, as do children for whom English is not their first language.

A few Case studies and reviews

  • Wood’s Loke, Suffolk, England

    “What we have learnt is that a ‘phonics first’ approach, whereby children are taught right from the start that letter sounds can be blended together to pronounce words, gives them an excellent start, and the basic elements can be completed in the first term of school if intensive teaching is given.”
    Dr Rhona Johnston and Joyce Watson carried out an evaluation of the children in Woods Loke School in Suffolk, England. The authors of Jolly Phonics, Sue Lloyd and Sara Wernham taught at the school, and the school used Jolly Phonics. This evaluation was prior to their well known study in Clackmannanshire.

    Read their research

  • The Boy and Me – a review of the My Jolly Phonics Kit

    As a parent I have found this set invaluable, as a teacher it was just as helpful. I specialised in teaching junior aged children who can invariably read by the time they get to my class. I’ve never been taught how to help a child read, and it’s only through common sense, and now my own practise with The Boy that I really appreciate the different processes involved. However, many parents who don’t know where to start when supporting their child in learning to read are scared of ‘getting it wrong’ (rightly so) and this starter kit is a great toolkit for exactly this purpose.

    Overall it’s a really good resource and I would recommend it.”

    Read TBaM’s full review

  • London, Docklands

    Dr Morag Stuart carried out a study in London’s Docklands where almost all the children speak a dialect of Bengali called Sylheti. While the experimental group were taught with Jolly Phonics. The control group were taught with big storybooks, a popular method based on word memorisation. The results are summarised at the base of the page numbered 602. The results show that this kind of phonics teaching is highly suitable for children with English as a second language.

    Read their research

  • Ghost Writer Mummy reviews the My Jolly Phonics Kit

    “We opened the Jolly Phonics work books to have a look. The preschooler was very excited and wanted to get stuck in straight away, but he did allow me to explain each page to him! We worked through the pages for the ‘s’ sound and made a start on ‘a’ before he decided enough was enough. We have plenty to work through again another day!”

    Read the complete review

Read more about the research into phonics