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Little Sutton English Hub

English Hubs promote a love of reading and help schools provide excellent teaching in phonics and early language by:
Developing early language and closing the word gap.
Developing early reading through systematic, synthetic phonics.
Promoting a love of reading.

Our English Hub is one of 34 schools across England appointed by the DfE to support local schools, academies and free schools to improve the teaching of phonics, early language and reading in Reception and Year 1.

Little Sutton English Hub is based in Little Sutton Primary School in Sutton Coldfield, and offers support to schools in:

Birmingham, Lichfield, Stafford, East Staffordshire, Staffordshire Moorlands, Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, North Warwickshire, Tamworth, Solihull, Coventry, Rugby, Nuneaton and Bedworth.

Upcoming Events

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Thu 06 Jun

Talk Through Stories

6th Jun 10am - 4pm at Little Sutton Primary School, Worcester Lane, Sutton Coldfield, B75 5NL About this event At this in-person training day, recommended for reading leaders and Reception teachers, Nick Canon will show schools how to:   use the Talk Through Stories programme to close the word gap and develop children’s love of stories; teach every activity in the Talk Through Stories programme; inspire children to care about the characters and understand the story; and choose the right books to connect with their children.   Attendees will leave with an action plan to develop storytime and teach vocabulary in their school.   Click here to Book  

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Thu 20 Jun

Exploring Effective Pedagogies and Teaching Approaches for Reading - Years 3/4

20th Jun 3:45pm-5:15pm ONLINE WEBINAR  About this event Following the webinars that were delivered in the first half of this academic year which focused on how to organise/sequence reading lessons, Ruth will present a series of sessions exploring the pedagogies and teaching approaches that are appropriate for each year group, as well as exploring how reading supports learners to become more effective and creative writers.   Click here to Book  

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Thu 04 Jul

Role of the Reading Leader

4th Jul 3:45pm-5pm ONLINE WEBINAR  About this event Another chance to see this recorded, non-SSP-specific, webinar delivered by expert English Hub Literacy Specialist, Lamorna Ross.  Suitable for current or prospective reading leaders interested in learning more about the role of reading leader, and in acquiring supportive strategies to enhance performance.   Click here to Book  

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Wed 10 Jul

The Role of Governors in Supporting Phonics Implementation

10th Jul 5pm-6:15pm ONLINE WEBINAR  About this event Another chance to see this recorded webinar, delivered by expert English Hub Literacy Specialist, Lamorna Ross, and suitable for all governance professionals and senior leaders involved in governance who would like to know more about how to support their school with the implementation of excellent phonics provision.   Click here to Book  

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Tue 01 Oct

Phonics & Early Reading Showcase

1st Oct 9:15am - 3:15pm at Little Sutton Primary School, Worcester Lane, Sutton Coldfield, B75 5NL About this event These in-school workshops provide a first step towards gaining support from Little Sutton English Hub and are designed to promote and share best practice in relation to the teaching of phonics and early reading, reading for pleasure, and early language. Any schools within the Hub catchment can attend, but in cases of high demand, priority will be given to schools that fulfil the DfE’s priority target criteria.   There are two places available per school, one, compulsory for the headteacher and the other for the reading/phonics leader.   Little Sutton English Hub covers the following local authority districts: Birmingham, Lichfield, Stafford, East Staffordshire, Staffordshire Moorlands, Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, North Warwickshire, Tamworth, Solihull, Coventry, Rugby, Nuneaton and Bedworth.   At the event, delegates will see the teaching of early language and reading, including phonics, in the EYFS and Key Stage 1 in practice and will have the opportunity to find out about:   The importance of effective early literacy teaching drawing on key DfE documents such as Challenge Checklist and Reading Framework. Best practice in phonics and early reading. How schools ensure that a love of reading is nurtured and developed. The whole Hub support offer. We will explain the advantages of adopting a DfE validated SSP programme and direct you to information that will help you select one that is right for your school. The requirements for becoming a Hub partner school accessing intensive support.   Time will be taken to:   Reflect on your own school’s reading journey. Develop an action plan. Look at next steps in potentially accessing English Hub funding for SSP programme subscriptions, resubsriptions, resources, training and more in-depth support.   Funding towards the costs associated with staff release may be available to schools meeting the DfE priority target criteria, subject to the submission of a completed self-assessment form, and the compulsory attendance to the Showcase by the headteacher.   Please ensure you have the following data to hand before booking tickets:   Your school's URN number Your school's current phonics programme and the approximate date that you started using it Y1 PSC scores for 2022, 2023, and 2024 Percentage of children (whole school) eligible for pupil premium Percentage of children (whole school) considered hard to reach (e.g. travellers, EAL, etc.)   Click here to Book  

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Thu 07 Nov

Phonics and Early Reading Showcase

7th Nov 9:15am - 3:15pm at Little Sutton Primary School, Worcester Lane, Sutton Coldfield, B75 5NL About this event These in-school workshops provide a first step towards gaining support from Little Sutton English Hub and are designed to promote and share best practice in relation to the teaching of phonics and early reading, reading for pleasure, and early language. Any schools within the Hub catchment can attend, but in cases of high demand, priority will be given to schools that fulfil the DfE’s priority target criteria.   There are two places available per school, one, compulsory for the headteacher and the other for the reading/phonics leader.   Little Sutton English Hub covers the following local authority districts: Birmingham, Lichfield, Stafford, East Staffordshire, Staffordshire Moorlands, Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, North Warwickshire, Tamworth, Solihull, Coventry, Rugby, Nuneaton and Bedworth.   At the event, delegates will see the teaching of early language and reading, including phonics, in the EYFS and Key Stage 1 in practice and will have the opportunity to find out about:   The importance of effective early literacy teaching drawing on key DfE documents such as Challenge Checklist and Reading Framework. Best practice in phonics and early reading. How schools ensure that a love of reading is nurtured and developed. The whole Hub support offer. We will explain the advantages of adopting a DfE validated SSP programme and direct you to information that will help you select one that is right for your school. The requirements for becoming a Hub partner school accessing intensive support.   Time will be taken to:   Reflect on your own school’s reading journey. Develop an action plan. Look at next steps in potentially accessing English Hub funding for SSP programme subscriptions, resubsriptions, resources, training and more in-depth support.   Funding towards the costs associated with staff release may be available to schools meeting the DfE priority target criteria, subject to the submission of a completed self-assessment form, and the compulsory attendance to the Showcase by the headteacher.   Please ensure you have the following data to hand before booking tickets:   Your school's URN number Your school's current phonics programme and the approximate date that you started using it Y1 PSC scores for 2022, 2023, and 2024 Percentage of children (whole school) eligible for pupil premium Percentage of children (whole school) considered hard to reach (e.g. travellers, EAL, etc.)   Click here to Book  

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Thu 30 Jan

Phonics and Early Reading Showcase

30th Jan 9:15am - 3:15pm at Little Sutton Primary School, Worcester Lane, Sutton Coldfield, B75 5NL About this event These in-school workshops provide a first step towards gaining support from Little Sutton English Hub and are designed to promote and share best practice in relation to the teaching of phonics and early reading, reading for pleasure, and early language. Any schools within the Hub catchment can attend, but in cases of high demand, priority will be given to schools that fulfil the DfE’s priority target criteria.   There are two places available per school, one, compulsory for the headteacher and the other for the reading/phonics leader.   Little Sutton English Hub covers the following local authority districts: Birmingham, Lichfield, Stafford, East Staffordshire, Staffordshire Moorlands, Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, North Warwickshire, Tamworth, Solihull, Coventry, Rugby, Nuneaton and Bedworth.   At the event, delegates will see the teaching of early language and reading, including phonics, in the EYFS and Key Stage 1 in practice and will have the opportunity to find out about:   The importance of effective early literacy teaching drawing on key DfE documents such as Challenge Checklist and Reading Framework. Best practice in phonics and early reading. How schools ensure that a love of reading is nurtured and developed. The whole Hub support offer. We will explain the advantages of adopting a DfE validated SSP programme and direct you to information that will help you select one that is right for your school. The requirements for becoming a Hub partner school accessing intensive support.   Time will be taken to:   Reflect on your own school’s reading journey. Develop an action plan. Look at next steps in potentially accessing English Hub funding for SSP programme subscriptions, resubsriptions, resources, training and more in-depth support.   Funding towards the costs associated with staff release may be available to schools meeting the DfE priority target criteria, subject to the submission of a completed self-assessment form, and the compulsory attendance to the Showcase by the headteacher.   Please ensure you have the following data to hand before booking tickets:   Your school's URN number Your school's current phonics programme and the approximate date that you started using it Y1 PSC scores for 2022, 2023, and 2024 Percentage of children (whole school) eligible for pupil premium Percentage of children (whole school) considered hard to reach (e.g. travellers, EAL, etc.)   Click here to Book  

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Tue 11 Mar

Phonics and Early Reading Showcase

11th Mar 9:15am - 3:15pm at Little Sutton Primary School, Worcester Lane, Sutton Coldfield, B75 5NL About this event These in-school workshops provide a first step towards gaining support from Little Sutton English Hub and are designed to promote and share best practice in relation to the teaching of phonics and early reading, reading for pleasure, and early language. Any schools within the Hub catchment can attend, but in cases of high demand, priority will be given to schools that fulfil the DfE’s priority target criteria.   There are two places available per school, one, compulsory for the headteacher and the other for the reading/phonics leader.   Little Sutton English Hub covers the following local authority districts: Birmingham, Lichfield, Stafford, East Staffordshire, Staffordshire Moorlands, Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, North Warwickshire, Tamworth, Solihull, Coventry, Rugby, Nuneaton and Bedworth.   At the event, delegates will see the teaching of early language and reading, including phonics, in the EYFS and Key Stage 1 in practice and will have the opportunity to find out about:   The importance of effective early literacy teaching drawing on key DfE documents such as Challenge Checklist and Reading Framework. Best practice in phonics and early reading. How schools ensure that a love of reading is nurtured and developed. The whole Hub support offer. We will explain the advantages of adopting a DfE validated SSP programme and direct you to information that will help you select one that is right for your school. The requirements for becoming a Hub partner school accessing intensive support.   Time will be taken to:   Reflect on your own school’s reading journey. Develop an action plan. Look at next steps in potentially accessing English Hub funding for SSP programme subscriptions, resubsriptions, resources, training and more in-depth support.   Funding towards the costs associated with staff release may be available to schools meeting the DfE priority target criteria, subject to the submission of a completed self-assessment form, and the compulsory attendance to the Showcase by the headteacher.   Please ensure you have the following data to hand before booking tickets:   Your school's URN number Your school's current phonics programme and the approximate date that you started using it Y1 PSC scores for 2022, 2023, and 2024 Percentage of children (whole school) eligible for pupil premium Percentage of children (whole school) considered hard to reach (e.g. travellers, EAL, etc.)   Click here to Book  

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  • "We have come a long way and we couldn’t have done it without you."

    Elms Farm Primary School

  • "Great achievements this year as a result of the support of Little Sutton English Hub.”

    Firs Primary School

  • “Lots of practical, realistic ideas to take back to school to implement.”

    Imperial Avenue Infant School

  • “Lots of practical, realistic ideas to take back to school to implement.”

    Imperial Avenue Infant School

  • “Excited about introducing a new SSP and about the impact this will have on our children.”

    St Michael's Primary School

  • “Excited about introducing a new SSP and about the impact this will have on our children.”

    St Michael's Primary School

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Little Sutton English Hub
Little Sutton Primary School
Worcester Lane
Sutton Coldfield, B75 5NL

Contact: Janet Conway
0121 464 4494
englishhub@littlesu.bham.sch.uk
Twitter: @lsenglishhub