Showcases and Workshops

2021 - 2022

Thank you everyone for rising to the challenge and providing that much needed support for all the children and families.

We are starting to book school audits for the Autumn Term, if you want to find out more about this and how you might be eligible for funding support towards your SSP resources, books and training then please email:

Please visit the DfE link for information about the Phonic Screening Check in Autumn 2021 for the Year 2 children:

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.

We are currently supporting a number of schools with Partner School Support which includes literacy specialist support days working alongside the school.  Please get in touch for further information.


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.

Book here:

Vocabulary Ninja CPD

Vocabulary Ninja, Andrew Jennings, ran a CPD session on 21st September 2021 which was free to access and relevant to all school staff.

The Vocabulary Ninja September CPD offer introduces staff to the importance of vocabulary in a primary school, focusing briefly on some key supporting research and how vocabulary is directly linked to pupil attainment.

Swiftly moving into how to practically prepare the classroom environment effectively, use the key Vocabulary Ninja Word of the Day and curriculum resources, plus modelling how to use them effectively.

Vocabulary Ninja’s training is very much about teachers leaving the session feeling confident and equipped to introduce the Word of the Day to pupils as part of a clear and consistent whole school system…Plus many more strategies and resources to support your literacy curriculum.

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:

How to build Word Power

Exploring strategies that will help learners make strong connections with words and language by Kelly Ashley.
Hosted by Ilsham English Hub.

This is a FREE Medium Level Support Session on Zoom 6th October 2021 2021 4-5.15pm.

To book your place, or it you have any questions or queries, please email:

This practical key note/ workshop will explore strategies to help learners make strong connections with words and language.

Kelly Ashley will share ideas for ensuring vocabulary instruction in the primary classroom (ages 4-11) is purposeful and connected using principles outlined in her debut book, Word Power: Amplifying vocabulary instruction (2019).

With the central theme of communication, this session aims to give teachers a range of practical tools to strengthen connections between new and known knowledge of words and the world.

For more information about the Word Power approach, visit

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

Developing Pupils Understanding and Use of Spoken Language

15th October 2021: 11.30-1pm: Zoom


We will be exploring speech, language and communication needs in children. This workshop will consider the word and language gap whilst looking at language models. We will also consider practical advice to support children moving forward.  This is suitable for all school staff.

Book here:

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: