There are reams of research concluding that systematic phonics instruction is the best way to teach children how to read and spell. In 2005, Educational Psychologist, Michael Wood worked with a primary school to see how this theory could be put into practice. Could it really make such a difference to students’ outcomes?
YES! Recall of the sounds improved. Decoding improved. Fluency improved. Spelling improved. And so quickly!
Six years later, Michael, his daughter, Katherine, and the now Head of Technology, Jonathan Hooker, worked long and hard to put this theory of systematic, synthetic phonics alongside his practical experience, into the heart of a fun and engaging series of games for children. And so, Phonics Hero was born!
Phonics Hero is now used by tens of thousands of schools across the globe; with many happy teachers and very many successful reading and spelling superheroes!
Katherine has spent the last fifteen years working in synthetic phonics on both print and online products. She works side-by-side with our educational contributors developing phonics products which are fun but – most importantly – make an impact.
Jonathan started his career building digital products for the banking industry and blue chip companies, such as HSBC, Citibank and Pfizer. Jonathan is a freethinking optimist with a passion for everything techy and a dream that he can make a difference!
Michelle helps schools make the Phonics Hero magic happen! Having previously worked for a phonics publisher for 3 years, Michelle understands the intricacies of how schools get things done. She works with teachers getting them started and guiding them through how to get the best from Phonics Hero.
With over 14 years of Partnership and Business Development experience under her belt, Dovenia understands the needs of both global and local clients. She firmly believes the best business relationships are win-win and wants to help share the love of Phonics Hero to all corners of the globe, and improve child literacy everywhere!
Jenny creates content for Phonics Hero’s website and social media accounts and assists parents with getting the most out of Phonics Hero. With an MFA in Creative Writing and a social work background, literacy holds a special place in her heart.