My Job in 5: Sarah Terry, Development Manager, Jolly Learning Ltd

My Job in 5: Sarah Terry, Development Manager, Jolly Learning Ltd

Describe your role

I focus on working with state schools around the world and working with overseas governments and NGos to provide support with materials and training. We work in both the commercial and philanthropic sectors and it is my responsibility to manage and develop these relationships.


What do you like best about your role?

I love the opportunity to make a difference. I can come into work and hear a government has changed it’s curriculum based on the trials and training we offered. I am in the lucky position to be part of a team who changes how literacy is taught around the world; to be able to make such an impact is a gift.


Which great new titles are you working on at the moment?

We have some really exciting digital products coming out; the Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds IoS App released this summer has been shortlisted for the Bett early Years Digital Content Award 2015 and we were finalists at UXUK Awards 2014. We are releasing Grammar Games early next year alongside the Android version of Letter Sounds. I love the excitement surrounding these products and the success we have had with such a small yet experienced team.


What is the most exciting aspect of children’s publishing?

Children’s publishing is always changing in form and format and it is exciting to see the developments in recent years and the shift to child-led learning. In educational publishing you have to be aware of a changing curriculum while keeping materials relevant and exciting for students, especially with regards to technological advancements within the classroom. Young learners are the best critics: you can always count on total honesty.


What advice would you give those looking to work in the industry?

Don’t just fulfill your job description. try and find ways to be creative, ways to develop your skills and find projects that challenge yourself. this doesn’t mean just working all hours but it does mean being unique, pushing yourself and following your passion.