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“English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.”

 National Curriculum in England: English Programmes of StudY

The Department for Education (DfE) has established a network of 34 English Hubs across the country, working to support up to 2,800 schools to improve teaching of reading in Reception/Year 1. All schools can attend showcases and CPD opportunities, but intensive support is targeted at schools that meet key criteria, including below-average Phonics Screening Check scores, Ofsted judgement of RI, and referral by partners including LAs or NLE. Schools can also self-refer.

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Burley and Woodhead English Hub

Burley and Woodhead CE Primary in Burley-in-Wharfedale is one of four English Hubs based in Yorkshire. We work in partnership with schools in Bradford, Craven, Richmondshire and Hambleton to promote a love of reading and excellent teaching of early language and systematic synthetic phonics.


Department for Education

Department for Education (DfE) guidance