Childer Thornton English Hub

Published by Christine Yalland on

For those of you that may not be aware of The English Hubs programme, this began operation in September 2018. The name ‘English Hub’ could be slightly misleading. Although the long term aim is to support the teaching of English, until the Hubs become established we are limited to 3 main priorities. These are:

  1. Improve the teaching of systematic synthetic phonics
  2. Promoting a love of reading
  3. Early language development

Childer Thornton English Hub has a large geographical area which includes schools in Cheshire, Wirral, Liverpool, Halton and Sefton. If you live outside of this area, you can find your nearest Hub by clicking here.

The main way that schools can engage with our Hub is through our Showcases. Here, participants are able to hear our passionate team share best practice in the teaching of phonics, early language development as well as sharing their love of reading. Also included in the day is an opportunity to discuss the possibility of your school receiving additional support from the English Hub through our partner school programme. We also discuss the audit and referral process, which can result in the funding of up to £6000 to support schools use of a systematic, synthetic phonics programme. So far, we have run 12 showcases and welcomed hundreds of schools.

Childer Thornton English Hub has a large geographical area which includes schools in Cheshire, Wirral, Liverpool, Halton and Sefton. If you live outside of this area, you can find your nearest Hub by clicking here.

The main way that schools can engage with our Hub is through our Showcases. Here, participants are able to hear our passionate team share best practice in the teaching of phonics, early language development as well as sharing their love of reading. Also included in the day is an opportunity to discuss the possibility of your school receiving additional support from the English Hub through our partner school programme. We also discuss the audit and referral process, which can result in the funding of up to £6000 to support schools use of a systematic, synthetic phonics programme. So far, we have run 12 showcases and welcomed hundreds of schools.

Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from our showcases and schools use this as a springboard to critically appraise the provision in their own setting. As mentioned above, some schools also qualify for an audit, where we will travel to school and advise on changes and improvements that can be made to the teaching of phonics.

From these audits, each year, we select a number of schools who become our partner schools. These schools receive further support from one or more of our Literacy Specialists who will work closely with the Reading Lead to improve the teaching of phonics.

In addition to all this, we have also been thinking of other ways that we can support schools locally. One of the areas that we have identified is a need for further phonics training which has been delivered by The Literacy Company’s Sian Collinson (who also works as one of our Literacy Specialists and is the only DfE accredited Letters and Sounds trainer in the area.) Sian ran a very successful series of sessions, which were free to all delegates (as is everything we do).

We are now putting together exciting plans for September, with an increased emphasis on remote support which will begin with our ‘Back on Track’ webinar which we are delivering in partnership with The Literacy Company.

If you would like further information about our ‘Back on Track event’ or any of the other free events that we are running in 2020/2021, then email mailto:bookings@childerthornton.cheshire.sch.uk

If you would like to attend one of our Showcases (which will run virtually, until further notice), you can self-refer by clicking here and following the link at the bottom of the page

Or if you have any further questions, you can get in touch by emailing mailto:englishhub@childerthornton.cheshire.sch.uk

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