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What are English Hubs?

In October 2018, the DfE launched 34 English Hubs at primary schools across England to support schools to improve the teaching of early language and reading. Each Hub school has been chosen for its track record in excellent teaching of reading.

Hub schools are able to offer funding and free support to schools.

Support provided by the hubs focuses on the following three areas:

  1. Early-language development and ‘closing the word gap’.
  2. Age-appropriate phonics: encouraging fidelity to a single systematic synthetic phonics programme and supporting the effective use of decodable books in the early stages of learning as a way of establishing phonic decoding.
  3. Promoting a love of reading through a focus on reading aloud, encouraging reading at home and developing teachers’ knowledge of children’s literature.

Jerry Clay English Hub at Jerry Clay Academy

Jerry Clay English Hub is based at Jerry Clay Academy, Wakefield. We are a an outstanding primary school, passionate about early literacy. As a National Support School we have experience in providing high-quality CPD and support to drive school improvement.

We are passionate about reading and teaching children to read fluently and for enjoyment.