Jolly News

FREE Jolly Phonics events with the Jolly Phonics co-authors
  We are delighted to announce we are offering FREE events with the Jolly Phonics co-authors, Sue Lloyd and Sara Wernham.
   Throughout May, June and July, we are giving you the opportunity to join us at two completely free events, introducing you to Jolly Phonics and guiding you through the first few years of the programme.
   The two sessions available to join are Get Started with Jolly Phonics with Sue Lloyd, and Extending Jolly Phonics through KS1 with Sara Wernham.
   You can register for these events by  clicking here(6th May 2021.)

Issue 3 of The Trainer e-magazine
  We are delighted to present Issue Three of The Trainer, an e-magazine for trainers and teachers.
   This magazine is created by one of our very own Jolly Phonics Trainers, the wonderful Yvonne Dalorto, and features a selection of interesting news articles from around the world (and featuring several of our other brilliant Jolly Phonics Trainers!).
   Issue Three features interviews with our very own Managing Director and Owner, Chris Jolly, alongside interviews with Victoria Carlton (Australia), Elisabetta Mohwinckel (Italy) and Sian Summers-Issa (Kenya) amongst much more!
   You can read  The Trainer e-magazine Issue Three here(15th April 2021.)

Brand New Jolly Plays - available now!
   We are delighted to present our brand new Jolly Plays, which is available to buy now!
  Jolly Plays are designed to help children become fluent and confident readers, with well-developed speaking and listening skills. There are six reproducible play scripts, which are decodable at the Jolly Phonics Purple Level, alongside a selection of props, songs and other activities.
   You can find out more information about Jolly Plays here(22nd March 2021.)

Issue 2 of The Trainer e-magazine
  We are delighted to present Issue Two of The Trainer, an e-magazine for trainers and teachers.
   This magazine is created by one of our very own Jolly Phonics Trainers, the wonderful Yvonne Dalorto, and features a selection of interesting news articles from around the world (and featuring several of our other brilliant Jolly Phonics Trainers!).
   Issue Two features interviews with trainers in India (Aarti Shah), Bulgaria (Jen Jones Bannister) and Bahrain (Misbah Fahad), and so much more!
   You can read  The Trainer e-magazine Issue Two here(14th March 2021.)

Jolly Phonics Little Word Books and Our World Readers now available
  We are delighted to introduce you to two brand new Jolly resources: Jolly Phonics Word Bank and Jolly Grammar Glossary, both of which are now available to buy!
   The Jolly Phonics Word Bank is a comprehensive collection of words for blending and segmenting practice. The Jolly Grammar Glossary is a detailed glossary of terms used in Jolly Grammar.
   You can view and purchase the Jolly Phonics Word Bank (British English) here and the Jolly Grammar Glossary (British English) here(14th February 2021.)

Issue 1 of The Trainer e-magazine
  We are delighted to present Issue One of The Trainer, an e-magazine for trainers and teachers.
   This magazine is created by one of our very own Jolly Phonics Trainers, the wonderful Yvonne Dalorto, and features a selection of interesting news articles from around the world (and featuring several of our other brilliant Jolly Phonics Trainers!).
   Issue One features a look back to 2020; interviews with Australia’s Jacqui Tarquinio and India’s Neeti Nagarkar; and so much more!
   You can read  The Trainer e-magazine Issue One here(10th February 2021.)

Bumper Book of Phonics Fun now available
  We are delighted to introduce you to the amazing Bumper Book of Phonics Fun which is now available to buy!
   The Bumper Book of Phonics Fun is a bumper resource packed full of ideas and activities designed to support the teaching of letter sounds in a fun, multisensory way.
   You can view and purchase the Bumper Book of Phonics Fun here(4th January 2021.)

New editions of the Jolly Phonics Pupil and Teacher's Books
We are delighted to introduce you to our brand new editions of our Jolly Phonics Pupil and Teacher’s Books!
  These refresh editions are the same as previous editions in terms of number of pages, pagination and core content, but have been enhanced with:
• A fresh new look in terms of covers and page designs • Easier navigation in a variety of ways, including colour-coding and contents • Alignment of content across the materials for consistency of teaching
   You can find out more information about the new resources here(3rd August 2020.)

Jolly Phonics Little Word Books and Our World Readers now available
  We are delighted to introduce you to two brand new Jolly resources: Jolly Phonics Little Word Books and the Jolly Phonics Our World nonfiction readers, both of which are now available to buy!
   These two new resources expand our exciting range of readers from both ends of the scale, with the Little Word Books designed as introductory readers for those just starting out, and the Our World Readers designed to follow on from our Level 4 Blue Readers.
   You can view and purchase the Little Word Books (British English) here and the Our World Readers (British English) here(31st July 2020.)

David Watkins discusses Jolly Phonics in 'The 21' magazine
  Jolly Phonics Trainer David Watkins – of Yamatalk – has featured in ‘The 21’ magazine in Japan.
   Discussing the increasing demand across Japan for the programme, David highlights the effectiveness of the programme.
   You can read the full article (in Japanese) on The 21 Online here(23rd July 2020.)

Brand New Jolly Phonics Logo
  We are delighted to present you with our brand new Jolly Phonics logo, which will replace the existing logo!
   Our logo has been updated as part of our fresh and vibrant new look, and will feature on all future resources we release. (9th July 2020.)

Jolly Phonics e-readers now available
  We are delighted to announce that we have now made all of our Jolly Phonics Readers available as e-readers for Android and Apple devices!
   Spanning 93 books across 5 levels of decodable readers, they will help you to support your children remotely as they practice their reading skills anywhere!
   You can purchase the books on the Google Play Book Store by clicking here for the Orange Level readers and here for the Red, Yellow, Green and Blue readers, whilst you can purchase them on the Apple Book Store by clicking here for the Orange Level readers and here for the Red, Yellow, Green and Blue readers(15th May 2020.)

ULS unveil the Nigerians Educate Everywhere at a Distance Inititive
   Universal Learning Solutions (ULS) has unveiled a new initiative, designed to support the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in developing programmes to support children learning from home.
   ULS have been working alongside UBEC to deliver the Jolly Phonics programme across Africa. Having already seen excellent results, this new approach will continue to support children throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.
   You can read the full article on This Day Live here(15h April 2020.)

The benefits of Jolly Phonics discussed live on Bulgarian TV
   Jolly Phonics Trainer Meliha Chausheva appeared on Channel 3 in Bulgaria to discuss how quickly children can learn with the programme.
   In the 15 minute segment, Meliha discusses the difference between analytic and synthetic approaches, and explains the 5 Key Skills of the Jolly Phonics programme.
   You can watch the full segment (in Bulgarian) on YouTube here(27th December 2019.)

Young Windham students read better with Jolly Phonics
   Jolly Phonics was implemented last autumn at Windham Primary School in Maine, US, and has increased students’ reading and writing abilities.
   The big impacts has seen the school dramatically boost the number of students at or above the district’s benchmark for the development reading assessment.
   You can read the full article on Portland Press Herald here(27th December 2019.)

Over 100,000 primary school teachers trained on Jolly Phonics
   The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has disclosed the number of teachers who have been trained as part of efforts to provide functional education in the country.
   UBEC Director, Mr Imail Yahya, has also said how more than 5 million children have been reached since the adoption of the programme in schools across the country.
   You can read the full article on the Tribune here. Additionally, you can watch this short video from Channel Network Afrique here. (25th November 2019.)

Jolly Phonics praised for improving Early Childhood Development Education learning across Kenya
   The Jolly Phonics programme has been receiving praise for the level of improvement across the country.
   Following an initial pilot in Kilifi, more than 4,000 teachers have gone on to be trained in the programme, leading to enhance reading and comprehension as it is rolled out to other counties nationwide.
   You can read the full article on The Star here. (14th November 2019.)

Jolly English a winner at the 2019 Teach Early Years Awards
   We are delighted to announce that our brand new Jolly English programme has been named as a winner in the Communication, Language and Literacy category at the 2019 Teach Early Years Awards!
   Combining vocabulary and phonics to give children to best start, Jolly English is an English language course that has been carefully developed and sequenced for pre-school children who have little or no knowledge of English. New words and phrases are introduced using songs, games, chants and stories that bring the course to life and develop children’s English language.
   You can view preview pages of Jolly English and read further information on our online shop here. Alternatively, you can view our online Jolly English flyer here. Additionally, you can watch Jolly Study Square’s excellent video on YouTube that breaks down the resources within the programme. (10th October 2019.)

Interview with Emma Ince in this month's Parent Talk magazine
   Emma Ince – Deputy Head Teacher at Tudor Primary School – has been interviewed in the October edition of Parent Talk magazine, an education magazine for parents across the UK.
   In this short interview, Emma discusses how they have managed to turn around standards at the school since re-evaluating their phonics teaching several years ago. At the time, pass marks for the key stage phonics screening check were a meagre 24 per cent; today, they are above the national average with an excellent 90%!
   You can read the full article by clicking here. (2nd October 2019.)

Interview with Lisa Humpheryes in this month's Education Today magazine
   Lisa Humpheryes – Senior Deputy Head Teacher at Rush Green Primary School – has been featured in a ‘View from the Classroom’ section in the September edition of Education Today magazine, a magazine for teachers across the UK.
   In this short interview, Lisa discusses how they have managed to turn around standards at the school over the last 6 years, turning the school into one of the highest achieving schools in the area.
   You can read the full article by clicking here. (23rd September 2019.)

Chris Jolly awarded IPG Patron's Lifetime Achievement Award
   Jolly Learning Ltd Managing Director and Owner Chris Jolly has been awarded the Independent Publishers Guild Patron’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
   This award is to celebrate the career-long achievements of someone who has made a lasting difference to independent publishing.
   Since founding the company in 1987, Chris has dedicated his life to making high-quality literacy education accessible to children the world over with the Jolly Phonics and Grammar programme.
   IPG c.e.o. Bridget Shine said: “Chris embodies so many of the qualities of independent publishing. He is an entrepreneur with the drive to start up his own business, the vision and tenacity to achieve sustained growth, and a passion for his publishing that inspires others. Jolly Learning’s work around the world also shows how independent publishers can make huge contributors to international trade and can change people’s lives.” (17th September 2019.)

Interview with Tessa Hackworth in this month's Teach Primary magazine
   Tessa Hackworth – author of our brand new Jolly English programme – has been featured in an ‘Ask the Expert’ section in the September edition of Teach Primary magazine, a magazine for teachers across the UK.
   In this short interview, Tessa discusses how teachers can make the English language accessible to young learners, and how they can achieve success with EAL students.
   You can read the full article by clicking here. (9th September 2019.)

Brand new Jolly Music Level 4 Handbook now available!
   We are delighted to announce the release of our brand new Jolly Music Level 4 Handbook that has now arrived and is available to purchase!
   The Music Handbook Level 4 is the fifth year of music teaching, building on the skills the children learned at Level 3 while still supporting the teacher every step of the way.
   You can view preview pages of The Music Handbook: Level 4, download sample audio tracks and read further information on our online shop here. And to find out more about the Jolly Music programme – including free videos, demo software, research and the opportunity to contact a Jolly Music teacher – please click here. (2nd September 2019.)

Jolly English Shortlisted at the 2019 Teach Early Years Awards
   We are delighted to announce that our brand new Jolly English programme has been shortlisted in the Communication, Language and Literacy category at the 2019 Teach Early Years Awards!
   Cominbing vocabulary and phonics to give children to best start, Jolly English is an English language course that has been carefully developed and sequenced for pre-school children who have little or no knowledge of English. New words and phrases are introduced using songs, games, chants and stories that bring the course to life and develop children’s English language.
   You can view preview pages of Jolly English and read further information on our online shop here. Alternatively, you can view our online Jolly English flyer here. Additionally, you can watch Jolly Study Square’s excellent video on YouTube that breaks down the resources within the programme. (25th July 2019.)

Brand new Jolly Phonics Orange Level Readers now available!
   We are delighted to announce the release of our brand new Jolly Phonics Orange Level Readers that have now arrived and are available to purchase!
   These brand new general fiction readers provide a gradual and structured start for children still learning how to read. They cover the 42 letter sounds across 7 sets of 3 books, with each set covering one particular group of sounds. The last set of readers also feature a small number of tricky words. Children can be introduced to these books as each group of sounds is taught.
   You can view preview pages of our readers and read further information on our online shop here. Alternatively, you can browse our online Orange Readers flyer here. Additionally, you can watch our YouTube video that highlights the progression of the readers and displays the activities and guidance included in each book. (18th July 2019.)

Eastern Cape to pioneer Jolly Phonics in South Africa
   The Easter Cape has become the province to pioneer the Jolly Phonics programme in South Africa, allowing thousands of teachers to undergo training to improve their teaching.
   This follows on from a pilot in 2018 that saw the reading levels of participating pupils leap eight months ahead of their non-participating peers. Subsequently, over 6,500 Grade 1 teachers from more than 4,000 schools have now been selected to undergo the training.
   You can read the full article on Herald Live here. (24th June 2019.)

Ghana Education Service to begin training 152,000 teachers in Jolly Phonics
   The Ghana Education Service will begin training for 152,000 Kindergarten and Primary School Teachers on the new Standard Based Curriculum for basic schools.
   As part of the training programme, teachers will be taken through Jolly Phonics.
   You can read the full article on GhanaWeb here. (14th May 2019.)