Boost for school standards with primary literacy drive

The Lighthouse Schools Partnership is delighted to announce that St Peter’s CE Primary School has been selected by the Government as one of 32 English hubs chosen for their expertise in teaching reading and supporting schools in their surrounding areas.

This network of some of the best performing primary schools will work to increase reading standards in schools across the country and improve education outcomes for the most disadvantaged children, particularly in underperforming schools.

English hubs will promote a love of reading and support schools across the country to provide excellent phonics and early language teaching.

Building on the success of phonics, which has contributed to 163,000 more six-year-olds on track being fluent readers than in 2012, the 32 schools will spread best practice and teaching techniques, backed by £26.3 million funding. This will include providing school workshops for teachers and more intensive school-to-school support.

Sharon Roberts, Headteacher of St Peter’s CE Primary School, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as one of the thirty two new English hubs.  This is an exciting project and we are looking forward to working with schools in our region to ensure that all children have the very best start in learning to read.”

The hub schools were chosen through a competitive process – all 32 have a background of excellent phonics teaching and are distributed to benefit the areas that need it most.

Each hub will identify specialist literacy teachers who will get additional training to act as experts in teaching in early language and reading from reception year to Key Stage 1.

Literacy specialists will provide tailored support to schools. This will include:

  • running events to showcase excellent practice in teaching reading
  • working with local schools to develop their practice

The hubs will work with up to 170 local primary schools and will build a network of excellent phonics teaching in every region.

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