Our English Hub can offer different levels of support to schools based upon the school’s need and department of Education eligibility.

What We Offer

How to Access Support


Free Backfill Funded Early Reading Audit

Following a self-referral, we will be in touch to offer your school a free early reading audit to determine the level of support we can offer you, which may include:

Bespoke Advice and Recommendations
  • A full report with recommended short and longer term actions to implement across the Hub’s three key aims: effective synthetic phonics provision; early language and oracy development; promotion of a love of reading across school.
Free CPD Support
  • Half day locally based open events exploring the English Hub’s three key aims in more depth;
  • Remote twilights covering such areas as HMI deep dive into reading; The role of a Reading Lead; ITT/ECT overview of phonics; Preparing for the PSC; Launchpad for Literacy Overview; Reading beyond Phonics; Hub Partner School Preparation;
  • Regional conferences such as Professor Teresa Cremin’s “Reading for Pleasure”;
  • Nationally accredited year long English Hub delivered programmes: “Transforming Schools’ Reading Culture” and “Early Language”.
  • Funding for course costs/training portals to access accredited SSP training. To see the SSP programmes currently validated by the DfE please click here
  • Funding for resources to deliver validated SSPs, such as handbooks, word cards, friezes and charts;
  • Funding for decodable books matched to the validated SSP;
  • Hub recommended early language materials.
Partner School Support
  • Following an audit, schools are invited to enter into a partnership agreement with the English Hub to receive between 3 to 12 fully funded support days over a 12-24 month period with a nationally trained Hub Literacy Specialist;
  • Priority booking to all free CPD events, plus access to bespoke partner school CPD and drop-ins;
  • SSP specific assessment and data support;
  • Signposting to follow up support following the initial partnership agreement.

Who Can Access Support

The following state funded schools are eligible to access English Hub support/funding:

  • Infant schools
  • Primary schools
  • Junior schools
  • Special schools with primary aged children
  • Pupil Referral Units with primary aged children

To become a partner school, schools must have a KS1 cohort that completes the PSC (Phonics Screening Check).

If demand outweighs capacity, schools will be prioritised that meet two of the following criteria:

  • Primary schools with a lower-than-average percentage of pupils meeting the expected standard in the Phonics Screening Check;
  • Primary schools with lower-than-average PSC scores for disadvantaged pupils.
  • Schools with the lowest PSC scores for disadvantaged pupils.
  • Primary schools where the lowest 20% of pupils are not on track to meet the expected standard.
  • Primary schools with a higher-than-average proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium.
  • Primary schools that sit in an education investment area (PEIA/EIA).
  • Primary schools with a high proportion of groups considered hard to reach eg EAL, FSM, travellers.
  • Schools referred by local partners eg NLEs, RSC, LAs.
  • Primary schools where standards in phonics are identified as areas for development through OFSTED Inspection findings.
  • Primary schools where there is a risk of declining standards in phonics.

How Much Funding Can Be Allocated

  • The following outlines the maximum levels of funding that can be offered; however, individualised offers may be discussed and agreed with the English Hub team based upon context and priority criteria;
  • Schools not in an EIA may be able to access non-match funded support if 2 or more of the priority criteria are met.


Location Funding
School in a priority EIA 
Up to £9000 fully funded
School in an EIA
(Darlington, Sunderland)
Up to £9000 with an expectation of match funding 
School not in a PEIA/EIA
(Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton)
Up to £6000 with an exception of match funding