Witham St Hughs is one of 34 English Hubs that were selected for our expertise in teaching reading and to support schools in our surrounding area. Our role is to support schools to develop the Department for Education’s or DfE’s 3 main aims with a particular focus on the lowest 20%.

Department for Education’s or DfE’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.
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 One.
3. Promoting a love of reading: encouraging reading for enjoyment.

English Hub Specialists

The English Hub is proud to deploy five Literacy Specialists who have had the opportunity to support our Partner Schools . Each Specialists has received the latest DfE Messages and high quality training.

Debbie McKay

Jackie Mawer

Donna Cavill

Lynne Rocks

Susie Craddock

Hannah Younger

English Hub Newsletter/ Portal

A Newsletter is written to partner schools to maximise the support on offer.

Please click here to download the latest copy of the Newsletter

A portal has been created for Partner schools so that they can access all of the extended range of recommended resources. This is accessible to all.

Please click here to access the Portal

English Hub Impact 2019/20


Due to Covid,  impact with regards to the phonics screen in our 20 Partner Schools cannot be directly measured. We have therefore captured the impact in other ways. Please see the poster to analyse this fully.

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