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The Wensum English Hub

The Wensum English Hub

The Wensum Trust is delighted to announce that one of its schools has been selected as one of 34 English Hubs nationwide, funded by the Department for Education to support schools in achieving excellence in teaching reading and early language development.

The Wensum English Hub will be based at Heather Avenue Infant School, working in partnership with Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School (both “Outstanding” schools in Hellesdon and members of The Wensum Trust, Multi-Academy Trust). The Wensum Trust is already passionate about teaching all children to read fluently and for enjoyment and has considerable expertise in providing high quality Continuing Professional Development, funding and bespoke support to drive school improvement.

Stacey Coleman, Head Teacher of Heather Avenue Infant School commented; “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to work with colleagues within The Wensum Trust to support schools from across Norfolk in teaching phonics and early reading, a life skill which we endeavour for all our children to achieve.”

As part of this exciting new project, The Wensum English Hub will be providing funding and free support to schools, requiring support, across Norfolk. Schools will receive school-specific support from the English Hub Team, consisting of specialist staff who will work directly with schools, supporting with writing action plans, leading INSETs and developing teaching practice.

Sarah Waterfield, Head Teacher of Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School commented; “This is a wonderful opportunity to work closely with Trust colleagues and to share the positive experiences of working collaboratively as we do within The Wensum Trust. The Arden Grove team is looking forward to working with other schools to share our early reading and phonics provision, which has led to such positive outcomes for all children.”

Schools interested in accessing support from The Wensum English Hub will be invited to attend a half-day Showcase event in June to find out how their school may benefit from the English Hubs project. The event will give staff the opportunity to observe phonics lessons, find out how the Trust schools have developed a reading for pleasure culture and apply for funding and free bespoke support. Schools attending the Showcase event, will also be able to apply for funding to improve early language and literacy teaching at their school; with primary schools able to access match funding of up to £3,000. Schools meeting additional specific eligibility criteria, may be offered up to £6,000 funding outright.

Daniel Thrower, CEO of The Wensum Trust added; “As the new CEO with an Early Years background, The Wensum English Hub further promotes the ambition that the Trust has in the investment in Early Years and stemming the flow of challenges leading into the later Primary and Secondary phases.”

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