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Letters and Sounds Survey

We would love your feedback on our Letters and Sounds YouTube videos to support home learning.  We will be filming more videos in the coming days and your feedback will help us improve.  Please follow the link here to complete the short online survey.

Online Letters and Sound Lessons available on YouTube

During the last few weeks, the Little Sutton English Hub and Wandle Hub have been working with the DfE to produce online phonics lessons for the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. We are delighted to announce that this resource was launched nationally on Monday 27th April 2020 on YouTube.

The lessons are designed to cover the teaching that children would have received over the summer term had they been in school. Three sets of lessons will be available. One set for Reception, a set for Year 1, and a third set of lessons focusing on blending and areas children find the most challenging. All lessons are introduced by celebrities including children’s TV presenters which adds an exciting addition. A guidance film to explain the basics of phonics and how parents can support their child is also available.

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What we would like you to do next:

Please read the details about the scheme and then send a copy of the attached letter to all your parents in Reception and Year 1. You may wish to add further guidance to help them select the set of lessons most appropriate for their child’s stage of phonic learning.

Please use the information provided to tweet about the scheme and encourage families to engage with this learning opportunity.

This is an important initiative enabling children to continue to develop their skills in early reading which is so vital for their learning both now and in the future. We do hope you will find this new Letters and Sounds resource a useful addition to support your school and parents during this unprecedented time.

Rachel Davis
Strategic Lead for the Little Sutton English Hub


English Hubs

34 English Hubs have been designated by the DfE across the country. This initiative launched in October 2018, is aimed at achieving excellence in literacy focussing on developing children’s language, phonics and reading skills and promoting a love of reading. Little Sutton Primary School in Sutton Coldfield, has been appointed as your local English Hub.

As a Hub we will be working to provide support to 85 schools in the 2019-20 academic year. Support this year will include:

  • An opportunity to attend a Phonics Showcase to explore high quality provision in phonics and early reading.
  • An opportunity to apply for funding for staff training and to purchase resources to support the teaching of phonics and early reading. (£3000, matched funding or £6000, unmatched in some cases).
  • An opportunity to work with an English Hub Literacy Specialist to review and improve delivery of phonics and reading in your school.

All schools are welcome to work with the Hub.  Attending a showcase is a great opportunity for schools to understand the whole support offer available to them from the English Hubs Programme.  For more information about the DfE criteria for priority schools eligible to receive intensive support from the Hub please click here.

If you are interested in working with the English Hub, please download, complete and return a self referral form.

What our delegates say...


Wonderful, Well Prepared Day

Wow! What a wonderful, informative and well prepared day.  Lots to think about and take back to school.  I’m inspired and excited.  Thank you!!!

Great to see the process in action. Didn’t feel like a ‘show’ but real life practice – inspiring

Informative and Inspirational



Networking with other teachers and Charlotte to better understand different approaches of embedding teaching and reading.

No Gimmicks

Principles of effective teaching; no gimmicks – just thorough, well planned teaching

Really useful

Really useful for us as a school as we are currently re-evaluating our Reading & Phonics teaching. It was great to see video clips and also to see the teaching in action in the classrooms.

Clarity and inspiration

Today has been the clarity and the inspiration to transform the teaching of phonics and early reading. Ofsted recently highlighted the need for this but until today, it has been difficult to know where to begin. Thank you.

Extremely Knowledgeable

All speakers were extremely knowledgeable and inspiring. Thank you.

Thoroughly planned

The training was thoroughly planned and executed – very informative.


Just to say many thanks to all for yesterday’s inspiring Workshop.
I have so much to do but so want to emulate the fantastic work you do there.

Thanks to all

I will be in touch with my action plan – hoping to come on board as a Partner school too should that work out.
Please share my thanks with all staff and children for a truly great day.