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St John Bosco National English Hub

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I'd like to thank you on behalf of all at Stanley Road for the support that you have given us with Early Reading and phonics. We had Ofsted in last week and they were very complimentary about it.

Lorraine Adams Headteacher

  I am SO proud of all that our team has achieved! Your support and guidance have been outstanding,  We have all learned so much from this process and your support and I would like to say the biggest THANK YOU to you and to our fabulous team.

Joanne Harvey Headteacher of St Anne's Primary school

 We are very happy with support we have received and the positive impact it has had on both our teaching of phonics and our phonics outcomes. Thanks again for everything, it has been a great experience.

Since being supported by the English Hubs, we have undoubtedly overturned our Phonics provision at Villiers Primary. We were designated Mel Glazzard as our Literacy Specialist, which we were incredibly pleased about. Before our intensive support, we followed the Letters and Sounds programme and carried out practical lessons, where in hindsight the fundamentals of reading were not prioritised. Shortly after being accepted by the Hubs, we were encouraged to adopt a new scheme and we chose to implement Little Wandle. We were closely guided through every step of implementation: helping train our staff, mapping out planning and coaching sessions and analysing assessments effectively. We are so grateful for the kindness, knowledge and commitment that Mel and the Hub have offered us over the last year.

S A Potts Headteacher and C McKenzie Reading Leader- Villiers Primary School

 'The English Hub has been a great supportive tool in transforming the attitudes towards reading in school of both staff and children. Participating in the TSRC project breathed new life into our approach to reading for pleasure and has helped to raise the profile across the school. The CPD sessions for myself as Reading Lead have enabled me to upskill personally before imparting new learning to all staff. The offer of support is also bespoke to different areas of school including the Early Years so really does cover all bases and ensures all children can benefit. Additional Phonics CPD has been available, equipping staff with the knowledge and understanding to give the best for our children.'

Mrs N Bennett -Northfield Road Primary School


I have found the support from St John Bosco reading hub invaluable.  The in-house support to implement our new phonics programme has given our staff the skills, expertise and confidence to deliver the programme to a high standard resulting in our best results yet.  As well as this we have been involved in a range of CPD offered to all staff which we have actively engaged in.  We have found all the CPD on offer to be high quality - informative and engaging which again has helped our school to move forward in areas such as: language development and reading for pleasure.  

Claire Seddon Reading leader at Springfield Primary school


Such brilliant support from Suzanne. It's great to get that quality assurance from a specialist. Our phonics is now in a good place and I know we will only get better and better. We have received bursaries and CPD too, thank you to Marie who is very efficent and has informed us about this.