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Excellence in Early Literacy

We are determined that by the time our children leave our school they are confident readers who enjoy reading. We have many approaches to promote enjoyment in Reading. See our curriculum pages for Reading.


Our Reading and English Leader, Miss Storey, has previously been employed English Hub and supported other schools. Miss Storey is also an experience Local Authority Moderator and Senior Assistant Head


Aims of the English hub:


To drive up standards in Literacy, each English hub will promote a love of reading and support schools across the country to provide excellent phonics and early language teaching.  Literacy specialists within each hub will provide tailored support to schools.  This will include running events to showcase excellent practice in teaching reading and working with local schools to develop their practice.'


All support offered by the English Hubs across the country will promote the Department for Education's three priority areas:


1. 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.


2. 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.


3. 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.