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Helions Bumpstead teaching pioneer awarded an MBE

Sue Lloyd, who has been awarded an MBE for her services to education

Sue Lloyd, who has been awarded an MBE for her services to education

Her pioneering work in education has earned a retired teacher from Helions Bumpstead an MBE in the New Year Honours List.

Sue Lloyd has received the honour for her work in promoting the use of synthetic phonics, a method of teaching that places the emphasis on children learning to hear and identify letter sounds and blending them together to form words, rather than the old method of looking at each word and memorising them.

The style of teaching has gone on to become a standard in schools across the globe and has helped children learn to read more quickly.

With the help of publisher Christopher Jolly, Sue has also been able to develop and publish the Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar series of resources and books.

Sue was a teacher at Woods Loke Primary School in Lowestoft in the 1970s when a colleague introduced a new way of helping children to learn to read - synthetic phonics - and from there the method has spread far and wide, leading to her MBE.

Of the award, Sue, who is married to John and has three children and three grandchildren, said: “It’s a mixture of apprehension and excitement and of being very honoured.

“There’s an awful lot of other people who deserve this, people who have been campaigning for synthetic phonics for a long time.

“I think it’s come to me because I was one of the first. It came out of a school I was working in and Jolly Phonics is a programme that has gone round the world and has been researched many times around the world.”

Since retiring from teaching ten years ago and subsequently moving to Helions Bumpstead for family reasons, Sue, 70, has travelled to 28 countries to train teachers in the use of synthetic phonics.

She added: “The important thing is the principles of the teaching, that’s all I’m interested in.”

 

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