English Hub


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%.
The 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 Showcase Events

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Resources to Offer Support 

Please select from the resources below to support your provision in school:

Useful Resources

Useful Articles

Letters and Sounds Videos

Making Learning Purposeful

RWI Phonics Videos

Engaging with Reading

RWI Resources

Closing the Reading Gap

Roadmap to return Letters and Sounds

Barriers to Learning to Read

Roadmap to return RWI

How to spot language problems

DfE Resources to Support Home Learning

The Importance of early language development

Using Stories EEF Guidance

Developing Fluency

Early Language Intervention for your School: Register Interest

Books for a returning to school

Books to Keep- November Newsletter

Find the Narrative

Love Reading For Kids

Picture books to share with children

Free Teaching notes for a range of books from CLPE Scholastic Resource Bank for Home Learning

English Hub Specialists

Amy Wells is the English Hub Lead : amywells@leadtshub.co.uk

Carrieanne Nicolson is the English Hub Co-ordinator: 


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

Debbie McKay Lynne Rocks
Jackie Mawer Susie Craddock
Donna Cavill Hannah Younger

Impact 2020/21

Events and Wider Support:

We have a range of events on offer to support professional development. Please select from the following flyers or contact us if there are other aspects which you would like to see available.