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.

Our Phonics Showcase's are really popular and book up very quickly.  Our next event is now full and so have added a new date.  You can still join the waiting list for our event on 25th February but to guarantee your attendance we suggest you register for our new event on 24th April.

What our delegates say...



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


Practice seen was outstanding

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