Part 4 – Conclusion

In this last section, my heartfelt thanks go to my colleagues, friends and family who have contributed to the making of this website and who have supported me all the way.

Part 4: Conclusion


Principles of synthetic phonics


The synthetic phonics principles have been clearly explained on the home page of the Reading Reform Foundation website. This list of principles is applicable to all the main programmes and can be found by going to or by scrolling down to the bottom of the screen in the section Sue Lloyd, Part 4.


In Conclusion


  • The views expressed on this website are entirely my own. They are based on 20 years of using synthetic phonics to teach children to read and write, reading about research linked to the teaching, and listening to the experiences of researchers, teachers, educational psychologists and parents.
  • The problem most of us face is that we cannot remember how we learnt to read. By making this website, it is hoped that the teaching of reading and writing, using synthetic phonics, will become clear, logical and easy to understand. It is not rocket science.
  • Many people have helped me on the way. I would particularly like to thank Joan Dorr for changing the method of teaching; Chris Jolly and his staff for listening to us and providing delightful materials for teaching synthetic phonics; Sara Wernham for her artistic and creative ability, her dedicated hard work and practical common sense; Angela Hockley for providing encouragement and designing the worksheets and some screen shots; Simon Haynes, with the help of Adrian Spencer, for setting up the cameras, patiently teaching me how to edit film and for producing the finished website; and lastly, my special thanks go to my husband, John Cunningham, for patiently supporting me all the time.


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