We are one of 34 DfE designated English Hubs working across England to support schools to improve the teaching of early language and reading. Each hub has been chosen for its track record in excellent phonics and reading teaching.
The English Hub programme will enable the best performing schools to work to increase reading standards in schools in their region and improve the educational outcomes for the most disadvantaged children.
Support provided by the hubs will focus on the following three areas:
Early language development: providing evidence-based approaches to early language development and closing the word gap in school based early years settings.
Age-appropriate phonics provision: encouraging best practice in systematic synthetic phonics teaching from school-based early years provision to the end of Key Stage 1.
Promoting a love of reading: encouraging a love of reading including by supporting whole school reading approaches, reading aloud, encouraging reading at home and developing teachers’ knowledge of children’s literature.