Phonics & Early Reading Showcases

Little Sutton English Hub

Little Sutton Primary School is one of 34 schools across the country selected by the DfE to be an English Hub. This initiative aimed at achieving excellence in literacy, focuses on developing children’s language, reading and phonic skills.


What’s on offer from Little Sutton English Hub

The aim of the Hub is to provide high quality insight and advice to enable schools to develop excellent practice in teaching reading through systematic synthetic phonics, early language and encouraging a love of reading.

  • Following attendance at a virtual showcase the support that the Hub can offer includes:
  • Regular information and guidance on phonics and reading
  • Helping schools to develop an action plan for improving teaching of early language and reading
  • Undertaking a detailed in-school audit of teaching provision
  • Financial support to buy resources and training identified in your action plan/audit
  • Training delivered by experts to support the aims of the Hub
  • Up to six days intensive support in school from Hub Literacy Specialists, which may include further funding for training and resources.

Are you looking for ways to improve outcomes for your pupils in phonics and reading?

  • Were your 2019 Phonics screening check results below the national average (82%)?
    Are you Ofsted category Requires Improvement or Inadequate?
  • Do you have a higher than average (22.95) of Pupil Premium children?
  • Do you have a high proportion of hard to reach pupils (e.g. EAL) or pupils reading below age-related expectations?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then please come along to our virtual showcase event to meet our Hub Team and find out how the English Hub programme can support your school.

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

  • Age appropriate phonics provision
  • Encouraging best practice in systematic synthetic phonics teaching from school-based early years provision to the end of KS1 and as the primary reading strategy throughout the school. This includes:
    • encouraging fidelity to a single systematic synthetic phonics programme
    • supporting the effective use of decodable books in the early stages of learning to read as a way of establishing phonic decoding
    • supporting effective practice in formative assessment in relation to phonics/early reading

Promote a love of reading

Encouraging reading for enjoyment including by supporting whole school reading approaches; reading to children at least once a day; encouraging reading at home and developing teachers’ knowledge of appropriate children’s literature.


Virtual Phonics Showcase

All schools are welcome to attend a virtual Phonics Showcase to explore best practice in the teaching of systematic synthetic phonics and early reading. There is no charge for the event and following attendance schools will have access to a wide range of training and opportunities at low or no cost.

We are anticipating a high level of interest, so please secure your place at one of the showcase events below via the Eventbrite link.

25th February 2021
16th March 2021

Little Sutton Primary School
Worcester Lane
Sutton Coldfield
B75 5NL

(Includes time to complete your school self assessment)

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Wow what a brilliant day! Lots of support, inspiration and happy faces

The programme has been really well received by schools who have commented, “Wow what a wonderful, informative and well-prepared day. I am inspired and excited” “Inspirational and insightful!

Want to find out more or get involved?