Aims of the Hub

Our English Hub is one of only 34 schools across England appointed by the DfE to take a leading role in supporting schools to improve their teaching of phonics, early reading and early language. We cover a key area in the South Central of England and provide training and development to schools within our region through a collaborative approach to achieve better results for children.

Our Hub focuses on three crucial priority areas:

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:

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.

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.