Our English Hub


We believe that teaching children to read is the greatest gift we can give our children.

Teaching early reading is the core purpose of every school, but it is the beginning not the end. Only children who can read choose to read.  The early teaching of reading involves making careful use of a systematic synthetic phonics programme, developing children’s language and promoting a love of reading.

The English Hubs programme focusses on supporting excellent teaching of reading, with a focus on systematic synthetic phonics and early language in school-based Early Years and Key Stage 1. It is centred on three priority areas:


  1. Age-appropriate phonics provision: Encouraging best practice in systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) teaching from school-based early years provision to the end of Key Stage 1, and as the primary reading strategy throughout the school.


  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.


  1. Promoting a love of reading: Encouraging the habit of reading for enjoyment through whole-school research-informed approaches, including reading aloud to children at least once a day and encouraging reading at home; developing teachers’ knowledge of appropriate children’s literature.


If you are a school in Wiltshire, Swindon, East Dorset or the Cotswolds and would like to know about CPD, events and other offers from the Hub please complete a School Referral form here. clicking here and completing the form.


Ramsbury Hub Lead – Rowena Lucas
englishhub@ramsbury.wilts.sch.uk 01672 703981


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