Showcases and Workshops

2021 - 2022

Well done on getting through what has been a very challenging half term for many.   Thank you again for everything you have done to get and keep our children reading.

We are booking in school audits to help schools identify next steps and to look at what funding we can support schools with – please contact if you want to find out more about this.

Phonics Screen Year 2 children Autumn 2

All year 2 children need to sit the phonic screen in the second half of the autumn term.  The PSC can be taken at any point in Autumn 2 however it is advisable to not leave it to the last minute.   Schools can do either the 2017, 2018 or 2019 screen.

Some things to consider:

  • Is your school in a trust of schools? If so then are you all taking the same screening year?
  • Be aware that you need to know who is at age related expectation in their reading according to your chosen SSP programme – this will help you to identify the next steps.  The PSC would normally show children are on track if they passed in the summer term of year 1 – who out of your cohort of children would have passed this screen in the summer?
  • The PSC is a marker of what sounds the child knows and their ability to blend sounds together to read.  The PSC does not help us to know specific gaps, we need to use our programme SSP assessment to help us with this.
  • Be aware the many children might have been exposed to these tests as they have widely been available to schools and parents.

Dates to be aware of:

  • 22nd October 2021 – schools should order braille versions of the 2017, 2018 or 2019 phonics screening check, if required.
  • Second half of the 2021 autumn term – schools must administer a past version of the PSC to Year 2 pupils. Where possible, schools are encouraged to administer the check at the beginning of the second half of the autumn term. This leaves the final weeks before the end of the term for pupils who were absent.
  • By the end of the 2021 autumn term: Schools must submit phonics results for their Year 2 pupils to their local authority.
  • 21st January 2022 – deadline for local authorities to submit phonics data to DfE via COLLECT.

Key links:

We are here to support all schools with this in any way that we can. Please email your 2020 Autumn Year 2 Phonic Screening Check Data % pass rate when you have it so we can update our records to see how we might be able to support you further with tailored support and access to funding.

In order to access this support we request that you please fill in this year’s self referral with your latest data and predictions for 2020 as this will help us see whether we can offer you further tailored support, school audits and access to free funding.


Thursday 21st October 2021 9-12: Zoom

We have our first showcase of the academic year which will be over a morning (9-12) on zoom. Please join us to look at how we can help you continue to drive standards in the teaching of reading and early language development. Within the morning we will look over all the hub areas.  There will also be time where we explore the new reading framework, look at best practice and think about our next steps.

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Thursday 27th January 2022 9-12: Zoom

Following on from our successful first showcase of the academic year we are pleased to announce a second date for a showcase which will take place in the new year.

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You can find information and booking details below for up-coming workshops:


Reading for Pleasure

Please find the details of our support for Reading for Pleasure. These are free to access and will consist of 6 sessions after school throughout the year. Each session runs from 4-5.30pm on Zoom.

Teachers as Readers Group with the Open University and UKLA which will be run by our Hub Lead, Danni Cooke, and our Hub Literacy Specialist, Rachael Hine (nee Dann).

  • Session 1 – 29th September 2021
  • Session 2: 3rd November 2021
  • Session 3: 8th December 2021
  • Session 4: 5th January 2022
  • Session 5: 9th March 2022
  • Session 6: 25th May 2022

This is free evidence–based CPD for leaders, teachers, teaching assistants, early years professionals, librarians, reading volunteers and others to enrich their understanding of reading for pleasure (RfP) and how to support it.

The aims of the group are:

  • To foster children’s reading for pleasure through supporting teachers’ /members’ own RfP and research-informed practice;
  • To support the profession by building a professional community around RfP locally and online;
  • To share teachers’ resultant development work on the OU RfP website.

You will be required to attend all meetings and together we will as part of the group you will be completing some research with a small group of children around the Open University research and examples of practice:

This is a great opportunity to develop your subject knowledge and build your reading community. At the end of this group you will receive a certificate for your input.

To book your place please please email:

Transforming your Schools Reading Culture

We are running a medium level support group for English leaders and looking at how to develop a whole school reading community and culture.

This consists of 5 core sessions for English Leaders run by the Ilsham English Hub alongside 10 optional workshops which are run by the New Vision English Hub.

You will need to sign up to attend all 5 core sessions to be part of this support group and then you are also welcome to attend the optional workshops which I am sure you will find very valuable as well.

Session dates (Sessions are 12.30 – 3pm):

  • Core Session 1: Reading for Pleasure: a whole school culture: 14th October 2021
    Core Session 2: Creating whole school change: 25th November 2021
    Core Session 3: Creating a reading school: structural changes: 20th January 2022
    Core Session 4: Creating a reading school: behavioural changes: 10th March 2022
    Core Session 5: Celebrating impact and sustaining change: 23rd June 2022

To book your place on the Core sessions please please email:

The TSRC programme is a sustained, research based CPD programme aimed at primary English Leads. During the course of the programme participants will engage deeply with reading for pleasure pedagogy and leadership theory to transform their school’s reading culture. Participants will attend 5 sessions and complete gap tasks in between sessions. Those who commit will be expected to attend all sessions.Programme aims:

  • Understand the research underpinning RfP practice and pedagogy
  • Widen knowledge of children’s literature
  • Transform whole school reading culture in your school
  • Develop the leadership skills to initiate and sustain change
  • Become advocates for RfP and share experiences and best practice

Optional zoom workshops run by New Vision English Hub (4-4.30pm):

  • 23rd November – Setting up a staff book club
  • 7th December – Making the most of libraries
  • 11th January – Making World Book Day purposeful
  • 25th January – Creating social and inviting book corners
  • 8th February – Don’t ‘pay’ children to read: developing children’s intrinsic motivation to read
  • 1st March – Developing informal ‘book talk’
  • 15th March – Intervention for Reading for Pleasure
  • 26th April – Reading identities
  • 17th May – Successful author visits
  • 14th June – Engaging parents in your school’s reading culture

Introductory Reading Framework Webinar

Friday 3rd December 2021 11.45am – 1.00pm on Zoom

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Please join us for an introductory look at the Early Reading Framework, we will look at the Hubs’ key messages and there will be time for questions.

This is free to access and is relevant to all school staff as well as school leaders.

Contingent talk in the EYFS

Schools will need to sign up for all 4 sessions, which will be run on Zoom:

  • 13th January 2022: 3.45-5pm
  • 2nd February 2022: 2-3pm
  • 2nd March 2022: 2-3pm
  • 6th April 2022: 2-3pm

Email if you are interested in attending.

We are planning a series of free webinar workshops with Charlotte Raby on contingent talk in the EYFS.  This workshop will only be open to a maximum of 20 schools to participate.  Schools will need to sign up for all 4 sessions.

The focus group of this work will be on EYFS (nursery/pre school included but can be bridged into year 1).

The schools involved will be invited to try some of the techniques and work they find out about between the sessions.

Laying the Foundations - what happens before Reception?

18th February 2022 11.30am – 1.00pm on Zoom

This workshop is relevant for pre school and nursery staff as well as EYFS colleagues, EYFS leads, reading leaders and school leaders.

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In this workshop we will consider the new cohort of children who are due to start at our schools in September 2022.

We will look at what is recommended before school to help us get off to a strong start in reception.

Delegates will be able to consider the essential building blocks in nursery and pre school and how to work with different practitioners including child minders to ensure success for every child.

This workshop will also discuss how to get parents on board early and key messages to share.

Previous workshops

  • 21st September 2021: Vocabulary Ninja, Andrew Jennings
  • 6th October 2021: How to build word power, Kelly Ashley
  • 15th October 2021: Developing pupils understanding and use of spoken language, Ilsham English Hub
  • 12th November 2021: The Stages of Learning to Read

New validated SSP programmes

Here are the details of the first SSP programmes validated in the 1st June validation route (published 10th July) and further details can be seen here:

  • Bug Club Phonics
  • Essential Letters and Sounds
  • Letterland
  • Little Wandle Letters and Sounds
  • No Nonsense Phonics
  • Phonics International
  • Read Write Inc.
  • Rocket Phonics (Rising Stars)
  • Success for All

The following programmes are currently validated through previous self-assessment (2011-2014) and ‘Importance of Phonics catalogue’ (2011-2013) routes and remain validated until 28th February 2022. These SSP programme publishers did not choose to submit a self-assessment for validation in this round (and have until March 2022 to do so). These programmes are as follows:

  • Floppy’s Phonics
  • Jolly Phonics
  • Sound Discovery
  • Sounds-Write
  • Sounds Together

This list does not mean that schools need to immediately jump to doing one of these validated schemes and we are here to support all schools with the process of deciding what is best for them.

The DfE have also published ‘The reading framework: Teaching the foundations of literacy‘ (10th July) :

This guidance is non statutory and it’s aim is to support reading outcomes, getting all children reading and keeping them reading and loving reading.

The document focuses on the early stages of teaching reading and the contribution of talk, stories and systematic synthetic phonics (SSP). It aims to support primary school leaders to evaluate their teaching of early reading – especially in Reception and Year 1, and for older pupils who have not yet mastered the foundations of reading – and to identify how to improve provision if weaknesses are found. It aligns with the inspection framework around the expectations of the teaching of reading and aims to support schools to meet existing expectations on early reading, as set out in the national curriculum and EYFS.

If you have any questions about this please email: