English Hubs

East Midlands South Yorkshire and the Humber

There are three English Hubsin our region:

  • St Wilfrid’s Primary School, a Catholic VoluntaryAcademy in Sheffield
  • Whiston Worrygoose School In Rotherham
  • Witham St Hughs Academy in Lincolnshire

Why do English Hubs exist?

All support offered by the hubs will promote the Department’s three priority areas:

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 Key Stage 1, 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.

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

What will English Hubs offer?

Support in 2018-19 will include:

Showcase Events
Showcase events for school leaders and teachers to see excellent earlylanguage and reading teaching in practice.

Action Plans
Assessing and offering feedback on the action plans, including assessingrequests for resources.

Carrying out an audit inschools using the audit framework provided by the Department.

Financial Support
Offering financial supportfor schools to buy resources.  There will be a presumption that theseresources are match funded by schools (with a cap of £3,000 per school).However, if schools meet two of the following criteria the hub will havediscretion to offer outright funding at a cap of £6,000 per school:

  • Phonics Screening Check score below the national average;
  • Ofsted Requires Improvement or Inadequate;
  • above average numbers of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium; and/or
  • the school is in an Opportunity Area

In 2019-2020, there will also be up to six days of in school support from the literacy specialists. 

How will schools be identified for support?

English Hubs will:

  • Work with local partners including (but not limited to) Local Authorities, Regional Schools Commissioners Offices, Opportunity Area Boards, Local National Leaders of Education and Mulit-Academy Trusts to identify schools that would most benefit from support, with a focus on schools with high numbers of disadvantaged children.
  • Encourage appropriate schools to apply for support, ensuring that at least 85 appropriate schools apply.  
  • Put in place a self-referral mechanism for schools that would like support.
  • Prioritise schools for support based on a set of criteria provided by the DfE.

Literacy Specialists

Each English Hub is recruiting five literacy specialists, who will receive specific training to prepare them to work with the schools that they support. 

English Hubs Support Model

How can I contact an English Hub?

The English Hubs will work flexibly therefore schools are not restricted to working within a specific hub.  This allows for schools to work with a hub where there may be a natural connection or existing relationship. 

St Wilfrid’s Primary School, a Catholic Voluntary Academy in Sheffield
Name of Hub: tbc
Contact: Andrew Truby
Email: a.truby@lutsa.co.uk
Telephone: 0114 2745745

Whiston Worrygoose School in Rotherham
Name of Hub:

Witham St Hughs Academy in Lincolnshire
Name of Hub: tbc
Contact: Lisa Cassidy
Email: Lisa@equatetsa.co.uk
Telephone: 01522 681892