The Hub focuses on three crucial priority areas:
Early Language Development
Providing evidence-based approaches to early language development and closing the word gap in school-based early years settings, including appropriate use of formative assessment. Building children’s speaking and listening skills in a language rich provision that are well matched to the children’s individual abilities. This allows for planning for progression and preparing children to learn to read
Age Appropriate Phonics Provision
Encouraging best practice in systematic synthetic phonics teaching from school based early years provision to the end of key stage 1 and as the primary reading strategy throughout the school. This includes:
- Encouraging fidelity to a single systematic synthetic phonics programme
- Supporting effective use of decodable books in the early stages of learning to read to establish phonic decoding
- Supporting effective practice in formative assessment in relation to phonics / early reading.
The below information shows the DfE validated list of SSP programmes. If you want more information on the programmes, click here.
The links below will take you to the website of the Phonics Provider.
- Bug Club Phonics
- Essential Letters and Sounds
- Floppy’s Phonics
- Jolly Phonics
- Little Wandle Letters and Sounds
- No Nonsense Phonics
- Phonics International
- Read Write Inc.
- Rocket Phonics (Rising Stars)
- Sound Discovery
- Sounds Together
Promoting a Love of Reading
Encouraging reading for enjoyment; supporting whole school reading approaches, reading to children at least once a day and encouraging reading at home as well as developing teachers’ knowledge of appropriate children’s literature. Ensuring that reading and language is embedded across the curriculum and is taught in a purposeful way. Children are confident presenting their work and using different types of texts to achieve their goals. Developing reflective practitioners who can talk confidently about books and use this creativity in their own work.
As the English Hub Programme grows, we offer different levels of support for school. The support will allow schools to find out the most up to date information on the three aims of the hub and an opportunity to evaluate their own school practice.
As an English Hub, we have to prioritise the support that we offer based on the below criteria:
- Below national Phonics screening check results
- High % of Pupil Premium
- Ofsted rating of Requires Improvement or Inadequate
- Referred by NLE, LA
- Opportunity area
The schools that hit these criteria are eligible for more intensive support. If your school doesn’t meet this criteria, you can still complete a self-referral form to show an interest in the hub. We can support via the medium level support.
If you would like to see what support the English Hub can offer you, please complete the self-referral form. This will allow us to look at individual schools and offer them support in different areas.
We are running a series of free Open Events at St. Michael’s C of E Primary School which will include observations of phonics teaching and reading linked with vocabulary from Reception to Year 2, presentations from our English Hub team and support with action planning. The Open Events are for two members of staff per school one of which must be a member of the senior leadership team. (1 SLT and 1 teacher from EYFS/KS1). To find out more information click here
Medium Level Support
As a hub, we run free CPD based on the three aims of the English Hub. This CPD is based around the latest training and information available. We also have free, engage events for people to attend. To find out more click here.
As part of the English Hub programme, we carry out audits on 35 schools. This audit allows us to support schools to reflect on practice in school, look at their phonics provision and give them advice on next steps. From the audits, we will identify Partner Schools that we work with.
We have 6 Literacy Specialits who work for our hub supporting our Partner Schools. The Literacy Specialists have had training from the English Hub Training Centre, the DfE and official training from any programme we support. To find out more information about our team, click here.
From the audit, we will choose schools to become a Partner School. This is a school that is committed to embedding a Systematic Synthetic Phonics programme in their school. They will receive 6 days worth of support during the first year and 3 days worth of support in the second year.
Currently, we are working with 15 Wave 1 Partner Schools, 8 Wave 2 Partner Schools and 4 Wave 3 Partner Schools. Across the year, our Literacy Specialists will carry out 120 days worth of support.