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English Hubs

 

ENGLISH HUBS

34 English Hubs were selected for their expertise in teaching reading and to support schools in their surrounding area. Hubs will promote a love of reading and help schools provide excellent teaching in phonics and early language. They will focus on supporting the slowest progress children in Reception and Year 1 and ensure every child is successful, regardless of background, needs or abilities.

WHAT ARE ENGLISH HUBS?

English Hubs offer support to local schools, academies and free schools to improve the teaching of phonics, early language and reading in Reception and Year 1.

Each English Hub has a Hub lead and Literacy Specialists and may offer:

Hub leads and Literacy Specialists receive training and ongoing support from the English Hubs Training Centre.

The English Hubs Council, including leading phonics experts and headteachers, provide a strategic overview of the English Hubs Programme and the work of the Training Centre.

FIND YOUR LOCAL ENGLISH HUB

The Teaching School Hub region's English Hubs are:

Springhill English Hub, Southampton

DFE English Hub Springhill School

englishhub@springhillcatholic.net

Springhill Catholic Primary School is one of the DfE appointed 34 English Hub schools across England to support other schools, to deliver excellent early language and phonics teaching in reception and Key Stage 1.

Any school can request support from an English Hub. However, if there is more demand than capacity, hubs will select schools to receive support based on the school’s capacity to improve, the level of need for support and the level of disadvantage of the children at the school.

The support that Springhill English Hub will provide, to those that meet the criteria, includes:

  • Two free places, per school, at showcase events, including supply cover costs, this is criteria dependant.
  • A review of action planning following attendance at a showcase event.
  • A full audit of a school’s early language and phonics provision carried out by one of the hub team and support with further action planning.
  • Potential funding of up to £6,000 per school to invest in resources and training. This may be match funded or fully funded depending upon the circumstances of the school. Resources must meet certain criteria.
  • Up to six days of intensive school-to-school support led by one of our experienced literacy specialists over the period of a year, if chosen to be a partner school.
  • Medium level support through online webinars and training.

Showcase Events

Springhill showcase events will include:

1. Observing phonics in action on a normal school day

2. A question and answer session

3. A presentation on action planning, implementation, organisation and
progress

4. How to choose and use resources effectively

5. Opportunities to meet individually and discuss action planning

 

Please refer to the Registration form for dates of events.

Venue details

Springhill Catholic Primary School,

Milton Road,

Southampton, SO15 2HW

 

If you are interested in a Showcase Event, please request a booking form by emailing:

englishhub@springhillcatholic.net

Whiteknights English Hub, Reading

hubadmin@whiteknightsenglishhub.org.uk 

Whiteknights will be working with eligible schools in the south of England to assess their phonics provision, select and purchase a validated SSP programme. To apply for this support please complete this FORM.  

As an English Hub they can support schools in a variety of ways:

  • Invite schools to view best practice in action at our showcase events;
  • Review and refine action plans;
  • Carry out school-based audits of early language and reading provision;
  • Offer bespoke in-school support run by our team of literacy specialists; and
  • Fund or match fund schools to buy resources including commercial phonics packages and training.

You can register your interest here:  

https://www.whiteknightsenglishhub.org.uk/our-offer/register-your-interest/

Light support offered to schools

Whiteknights are now in their third year of supporting schools as an English Hub and would like to welcome you into their school, albeit virtually, to see phonics teaching in action, hear the key messages of the English Hub Programme and access support.

Whiteknights are offering a free, showcase events for Head Teachers and Reading Leaders to learn about the work of the English Hubs, see phonics teaching in action and find out how you can access their support.

You can claim up to £160 per attendee (max two) in costs for supply cover to attend the virtual showcase if your headteacher attends the event and your school meets any two of the following criteria:

  • lower than average percentage of pupils meeting the expected standard in the Year 1 phonics screening check in either 2018 or 2019 (82%);
  • a higher than average proportion of pupils reading below age-related expectations;
  • a higher than average proportion of children eligible for pupil premium in the school;
  • Ofsted judgement of Requires Improvement or Inadequate;
  • a high proportion of groups considered hard to reach such as boys; and,
  • schools referred by local partners (e.g. NLEs, LAs, Opportunity Area teams).

Early reading and phonics audits

This is a supportive process which begins with a school-based audit of provision. The audit will be led by one of the Hub's Literacy Specialist and it will focus on areas such as the school’s phonics programme and consistency, use of decodable books, training of staff and reading for pleasure.

The audit may include but is not limited to:

  • Support in writing a detailed Development Plan.
  • A report which will identify successes and decide next steps.

Medium support offered to schools

Whiteknights are excited to reach out to all schools through our remote, medium-level support offer. Our webinars will be addressing different aspects of improving phonics, early language development and reading for pleasure to help all your pupils become confident readers.

To see which courses are currently in offer please CLICK HERE.

Whiteknights also run additional webinars in response to demand. Please follow the Hub on Twitter to see their upcoming events (@HubWhiteknights)

Intensive support offered to schools

Intensive support is at the heart of the English Hub programme where eligible schools can benefit from the highest level of support, which includes funding and bespoke school-to-school support from one of Whiteknight's Literacy Specialists.

Partner schools benefit from up to £6,000 towards the cost of phonics training, resources and decodable books as well as an assigned literacy specialist who provides up to six days school-to-school support.

Whiteknights are only able to offer this level of support to schools that meet two of the eligibility criteria below:

  • lower than average percentage of pupils meeting the expected standard in the phonics screening check (82%);
  • a higher than average proportion of pupils reading below age-related expectations;
  • a higher than average proportion of children eligible for pupil premium (22.9%);
  • Ofsted judgement of Requires Improvement or Inadequate;
  • a high proportion of groups considered hard to reach such as boys;
  • schools referred by local partners (e.g. NLEs, LAs, Opportunity Area teams).

If your school meets two of these and you would like to get involved in the English Hub programme, please complete a self-referral form by clicking on the LINK below and we will contact you shortly.

https://www.whiteknightsenglishhub.org.uk/our-offer/register-your-interest/

 

Free Webinars 2021-22 - Reading for Pleasure: Transforming your school's reading culture

Whiteknights will be running a series of free webinars for schools throughout 2021-22:

The TSRC programme is a sustained, research based CPD programme aimed at primary English Leads, in schools who are already secure in their phonics provision. During the course of the programme participants will engage deeply with reading for pleasure pedagogy and leadership theory to transform their school’s reading culture. Participants will attend 5 sessions and complete gap tasks in between sessions. Those who commit will be expected to attend all sessions.

Programme aims:

  • Understand the research underpinning RfP practice and pedagogy
  • Widen knowledge of children’s literature
  • Transform whole school reading culture in your school
  • Develop the leadership skills to initiate and sustain change
  • Become advocates for RfP and share experiences and best practice

Cost:
This course is fully funded through the Whiteknights English Hub for all state-funded primary schools from any of our Whiteknights Hub boroughs.

hubadmin@whiteknightsenglishhub.org.uk