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The Department for Education has appointed 32 English Hub schools to promote a love of reading and provide support and guidance for phonics and early language teaching.

Schools within Redcar and Cleveland; Hartlepool; Middlesbrough; Stockton and Sunderland are invited to a free Open Event to explore effective early language development; systematic synthetic phonics provision; and the promotion of a love of reading.

Each Open Event will include:

  • Sessions focusing on early language and vocabulary development; effective synthetic phonics provision; and creating a rich reading culture across school;
  • An opportunity to see and discuss effective practice in the teaching of phonics and early reading;

  • Support to begin auditing and evaluating your own provision in order to develop an action plan;

  • Details of how to apply for Hub funding to develop your school’s effective teaching of phonics and early reading (up to £3,000 match funded of £6,000 unmatched, subject to specific criteria).

Funding will be provided for travel and supply cover for up to two delegates from each school (£150 pp), one of whom MUST be a member of the school’s SLT.

To book a place on one of the events, please visit our Booking and Attendance page using the link below.

Further information and contact

For further information, please contact:


Tel no: 01642 485560