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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...


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.

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

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.

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.

All speakers were extremely knowledgeable and inspiring. Thank you.

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.

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.

The whole day was useful. Thank you!

This has been really helpful. Excellent access to current training and support with pupil ready development. Your children and staff are a credit.

Great explanation of why to read decodable books. Thank you also for opportunity to observe good practice.

Really fantastic day. Loved the learning walk.

Taking away some ideas to implement in our school.

Already planning what to do tomorrow! Thank you. Great to see the impact and how consistency is key.

We will be making sure we carry out an audit immediately. We plan to completely revamp phonics, including full implementation of SSP. This training will have a massive impact on the provision in our school.