Wensum English Hub

The Wensum English Hub is located at Heather Avenue Infant School, part of The Wensum Trust, and is one of 34 English Hubs nationwide. Funded by the Department for Education, the Hub supports other schools in Norfolk and Suffolk to achieve excellence in teaching reading and early language development.

The DfE launched the Hubs at primary schools across England to support schools to improve the teaching of early language and reading. Each Hub school has been chosen for its track record in excellent language, literacy and reading teaching.

The Wensum English Hub aims to offer free funding and support in achieving excellent teaching through:

  • Developing early language and closing the word gap
  • Developing early reading through systematic synthetic phonics
  • Promoting a love of reading

The Hub also aims to support eligible partnership schools to deliver excellent phonics and reading lessons to EYFS and KS1. This is achieved through:

  • Attending one of the Hub's showcase events. During the event you will be able to meet the Wensum English Hub team, observe the teaching of phonics, reading and 1:1 intervention sessions. You will also be able to find out further information about the support they provide. Funding may be available for two members of staff from your school to attend.
  • Following the submission of a completed action plan, an audit of your schools phonics and reading provision will be completed. These audits are designed to set out a plan for improvement and any resources required.
  • Each partnership school will be appointed a Literacy Specialist who will deliver six days worth of school support. 
  • Funding of up to £6000 to support the delivery of implementing the project and purchasing resources.


For the 2022/23 academic year, the Wensum English Hub has been granted Accelerator Funding.

This new level of support serves as the middle ground between the existing medium level support and resource funding offer and the intensive support partner schools receive.

Schools can apply for support and funding to implement a new validated SSP programme, or training /resources in an SSP programme which they already have in school.

It is open to any state funded school, including special needs schools, where primary aged children are in attendance.