English Hub

Professional Development Opportunities

Supporting schools to improve teaching of phonics, early language and reading in Reception & Year 1

English Hub - Showcase Events 2021/22


Thursday, 25th November 2021 (08.00am – 12.00 noon)

Wednesday, 12th January 2022 (08.00am – 12.00 noon)

Showcase Events will be held at Whiston Worrygoose Primary School, S60 4AG

Our English Hub showcase events are practical, half day workshops designed to promote and share best practice in relation to the teaching of early language, reading and phonics. They have been carefully structured with inputs from school leaders, literacy and EYFS specialists and will include opportunities for lesson and teaching observations, action planning and facilitated, professional discussion.

The showcase events will consider implications for curriculum intent, implementation and impact as well as providing the opportunity for schools to find out more about the work of the English Hub and how their schools can access support, funding and further engagement.

Building Word Power in EYFS & Year 1
with Kelly Ashley

English Hub Professional DEVELOPMENT

17th November 9.30am-3.00pm
13th January 1.00-3.30pm
8th February 1.00-3.30pm
16th March 1.00-3.30pm
26th April 1.00-3.30pm

Kelly Ashley is the author of Word Power: Amplifying Vocabulary Instruction (2019) and has over 20 years of experience in education holding teaching, leadership and advisory roles in the UK and America. In her current role as director of Kelly Ashley Consultancy, she enjoys working with schools and organisations across the UK and abroad, offering bespoke training and consultancy support on all aspects of the primary English curriculum.

In this programme of online webinars, Kelly Ashley will introduce fun, practical ways to build pupils ‘Word Power’ within a literature-rich, primary classroom. Word Power is a professional development programme linked to core principles outlined in Word Power: Amplifying Vocabulary Instruction (Ashley, 2019). The Word Power programme has been designed to boost vocabulary instruction by developing an awareness of the power of words and providing practical, evidence-informed strategies to amplify word learning approaches in FS and Year 1.

Participants are required to attend all 5 sessions of the programme. For further information, see the flyer attached.

Phonics and Early reading Briefings

The educational landscape continues to change and develop and there is an ever increasing amount of information for school staff to keep up to date with. Through these updates, Liz Kenny will provide schools with current information related to the teaching of phonics and early reading, vocabulary development and reading for pleasure. Please refer below for the briefings in which specific content will be covered in more detail.

General Update – Monday 29th November 2021 3.30-4.30pm
A general update covering all things phonics related! There will be opportunity to hear about some of the support and funding streams available to schools who may be considering adopting a new systematic, synthetic phonics programme and the sharing of good sources of information and resources.

SSP Validation Process & Early Reading Framework – Thursday 2nd December 2021 3.30-4.30pm
In this briefing, Liz will look in more detail at the current validation of SSPs and examine the recently published Early Reading Framework.

KS2 Phonics — Thursday 09th December 2021 3.30-4.30pm
This briefing will be an opportunity for KS2 colleagues to hear about how current messages relating to effective phonics and early reading impact upon them. Liz will identify key considerations for KS2 and provide suggestions for improving provision for those pupils in need of additional support.

Letters and Sounds Online Lessons

Daily Lessons Continue!
With your support our daily lessons have received more than 8m views. Lessons are continuing throughout the rest of the academic year and are ideal to share with your families who may be self-isolating.
Find our lessons on YouTube as new lessons continue to be uploaded. You can also find a full list of all lessons we have planned for the term on our Letters and Sounds website. Once our lessons are live, they stay live and are available for on-demand viewing 24/7.

Letters and Sounds Update

The DfE have recently announced that they will not now be publishing the previously promised update to the Letters and Sounds progression. Schools will continue to be able to access the original 2007 framework online. Following this announcement, schools will naturally have questions regarding the continuation of Letters and Sounds and the DfE have provided the following reassurance:

  • There is no suggestion that Letters and Sounds will disappear.
  • Current L&S accredited training will continue until July 2023, so there will be continuity for schools who are already using the current programme.
  • The new validated list (following a re-validation process to begin Summer 2021) means there will be more high-quality choice for schools looking at which SSP to use.
  • There will be no expectation that schools using Letters and Sounds well, and achieving excellent results, will have to change to a new programme.
  • There is no need to rush any decision about choosing an SSP; schools will be provided with support and guidance about the range of options.

Home Learning

Here at the English Hub we are determined to continue to offer support and advice to schools throughout these difficult and unusual times. With this in mind we have produced a resource which provides access to a selection of resources and websites which can help ensure that children are accessing high quality content which is both educational and engaging. This document can be accessed by following this link and can be shared with colleagues who are in school or home educating or through your school website.  Use the materials as a stimulus for speaking and listening activities, engaging with high quality texts or to motivate children to write down their own ideas or responses. If you would like any further help or advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.



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