Ilsham English Hub

Reading for pleasure

Early language development

Welcome to Ilsham English Hub: one of 34 English Hubs appointed by the Department for Education, that serve all the regions of England.

Ilsham English Hub has grown out of our base school, Ilsham C of E Academy, which is the founding school in the Learning Academy Partnership (School Trust). Ilsham C of E Academy was designated as an English Hub due to the track record in excellent phonics and reading outcomes.

Our work also builds upon the DfE Phonics Partnership Project and the DfE SSIF Phonics project which many of you have been part of. Our drive as an English Hub is to ensure that partnership and collaboration is at the heart of all that we do and from day one we have been seeking a way to do things differently and a way to share and use the excellent practice which exists within schools.

Contact for free support:


The Leading Team:

Lesa Garside, Strategic Hub Lead (

Danni Cooke, Hub Lead (

Carly Watson: Deputy Hub Lead

Laura Carr: Audit and Accelerator Fund Lead

Tammy Horton: Hub Adminstrator

Emma Clark: Chief Finance Officer and trust Lead for Business

Daniel Jones: Trust Operational Finance lead

Rob Saunders: Trust Assistant Finance Lead

Elise Trump: Finance Officer

Our Literacy Specialists:

Laura Carr

Laura Genaway

Laura Williams

Lucy Parsons

Lauren Torr

Hannah Calder

Vicky Grant

Rob Carr

Christy Van Der Meer

Charlotte Rowe

Danielle Talbot


As an English Hub we can support schools in a variety of different ways. All of our support is free to access:

  • Showcase events – sharing best practice in phonics, early language development and reading for pleasure 
  • Workshop events – sharing research based evidence and practical ideas and resources to take away to benefit every child.
  • Free in school audits with a member of the hub audit team. Phonics audits are a supportive process where we work together help work to see your next steps and how we can offer further tailored support in your journey.
  • Funding – to help support your chosen SSP programme. Funding to support training, SSP resources and matched decodable books. Funding amount dependent on eligibility criteria up to a maximum £6000.
  • Partner school support – intensive school support over a two year period which includes 9 literacy specialist support days that are personalised to your school.

Please contact hub Lead Danni Cooke – to find out more.

Our designated geographical region covers the South West region, including all areas of Devon, Torbay, Plymouth, Taunton Deane and Somerset.

How can you get involved?

  • Self-Referral: Email to see if we can provide your school with support.
  • School Audit: We are booking free school audits where we can look at how we can support you and your school further including access to funding to support you with your chosen SSP programme (resources, fully decodable books, training). Contact us to find out more.
  • Showcases and Workshops: Attend our free CPD showcases and workshops.
  • Twitter: Follow us on Twitter for all the latest news and updates.

Things to consider:

  • What plan do you have in place to support phonics, access to matched reading books and love of reading books in case any children need to be learning remotely?
  • Are you aware of what the different groups/classes are learning in terms of their phonics so that if a staff member needs to isolate then it is simple to pass the relevant information on?
  • Do you have access to virtual classrooms/online portals/virtual lessons that match your chosen SSP programme?

Useful Links and Information


Contact Us:

Danni Cooke, English Hub Lead
Telephone: 07415 023946

Please note: English Hub Lead normal working days are Wednesday to Friday.