Hello, my name's Rachel Griffin, teacher, trainer and mum of three. 

I got into teaching as a student myself, as I taught English as a foreign language to exchange students while I was studying for my degree in Canterbury. I loved it, and after graduation went on to do teacher training, ending up teaching English and Drama in a secondary school in Margate. During my years there, I  was shocked that so many 11 to 15 year old children had such problems with  reading, and knew less about their own language than the exchange students.

After a short break with the birth of my own children, I returned to college to study a BTEC HNC in Early Years Development, to try and understand how children learn to learn, or don't, and how I could help them. This naturally lead to teaching at primary level, where I have since stayed, though in many different year groups and many different ability levels.

I currently live just outside of Paris, and work  at the British School of Paris, as Head of Nursery. I am also a trainer for Jolly Learning and regularly train teachers here and abroad  using the Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar programmes. 

I was introduced to Jolly Phonics several years ago, when a bubbly, enthusiastic young lady  came to a local international school to do a workshop with us. I had just taken on a Year 2 class, a year I had not taught before, which included native English speakers, bilingual English/French children and even children learning to read and write in English as their 3 language.  I needed to find a comprehensive, structured system that would allow us all to move forward in our reading and spelling, improving the non-native speakers’ as well as the native speakers’ reading ability. By the time we stopped for coffee not only was I convinced, I was hooked.

I have since used Jolly Phonics with all classes, in all age ranges, and all abilities I have taught. As a Primary Coordinator at my previous international school, I  had to research, plan and assess the reading programme for Key Stage 1, Jolly Phonics was a key element of the improved programme.  As a Key Stage 2 teacher, it has come in handy as support for those with shaky phonic knowledge, or in some cases  no English phonic knowledge at all, as we have children coming to us at the British School of Paris who  have not yet encountered the  Latin alphabet. 

 For any questions or queries about training or resources I can be contacted directly at rachel.griffin42@gmail.com  or via the Jolly Phonics site www.jollylearning.co.uk

Training in action 

Pictures from training in St Petersburg, Paris and Prague.

'Atelier très interésessant et très percutant.' Béatrice B

'I highly recommend teachers to attend her training as it is very useful and fun for the children ( and teachers).'  Béatrice S 

'J'ai beaucoup apprécié  l'ambiance familiale de l'atelier permettent l'interaction entre les participants.'    Viktoria B 

'Returning to class with new personalised resources (made by me but shared by you!) was a wonderful idea.' Sue A

Jolly Learning Conferences 

Once a year, trainers from around the world get together to swop ideas, look at new products and initiatives and generally catch up. It's a wonderful weekend, and great fun to meet so many enthusiastic, talented people, who really love what they are doing. 

Pictures : Chris Jolly welcoming us, Sue Lloyd in white, Sarah Wernham demonstrating ideas for grammar activities, and the gang !