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Please see what events we have coming up and check the flyers for booking details.

Ask a Literacy Specialist Clinic - Various Dates



Early Language Development Programme 2023

According to research by Speech and Language UK (formerly I CAN), at least 1.7 million children in this country are behind with talking and understanding of words.

Wider research and data confirm this picture.  The percentage of pupils formally identified as having a primary special need in speech, language and communication is steadily rising - up to 22.5% in 2021, compared with 18.8% in 2015.

In response to the identified need, both the revised EYFS statutory framework (DfE 2021) and The Reading Framework (DfE 2021) stress the importance of developing all children’s speech, language and communication skills as foundation skills for academic and social success.  These documents highlight the need to focus on early spoken language because it is both the means through which children learn from adults, and an important means through which they demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the curriculum, and of themselves and the world.

The Early Language Programme is fully funded by the Department for Education and will be free for schools to attend.  The course will consist of 6 sessions over the course of the year.  Each session will last approximately a school day and will have a different focus covering the following:

What is language and how is it developed?
  • Supporting talk in schools

  • Teaching words and making them stick - extending and deepening pupils vocabulary 

  • Identifying and supporting SLCN

  • Making change: Sustaining change

  • 6th month review


Dates and times are as follows (venue The FDC, Bowthorpe):

Session 1: 29th January 2024 9am-3pm

Session 2: 27th February 2024 9am-3pm

Session 3: 26th March 2024 9am-3pm

Session 4: 23rd May 2024 9am-3pm

Session 5: 17th June 2024 9am-3pm

Session 6: 5th December 2024 9am-3pm


Delegates are expected to attend all 6 sessions.



Transforming your School's Reading Culture (TSRC) 2023-2024

Transforming your School’s Reading Culture (TSRC)

Wensum English Hub are delighted to be offering a FREE medium level support group for English leaders looking at developing a whole school reading community and culture.

Reading for Pleasure- Transforming your School's Reading Culture (TSRC) has been designed by New Vision English Hub, Teresa Cremmins and the DfE and supports The Reading Framework.

The TSRC programme is a sustained, research based CPD programme, aimed at primary English Leads. 

The aims of the programme is for leaders to:

·         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 

The programme consists of 5 core sessions run by Wensum English Hub and complete gap tasks in between sessions.

You will need to sign up to attend all 5 core sessions to be part of this support group.

We have attached a copy of the flyer which will give you more information and details on each core session. 

We are expecting that this event will be very popular and are therefore asking schools to express any interest in the event by completing the following form no later than 11th September 2023.

 Expression of Interest Form



Various dates - Support and Funding Briefing 

Would you like to find out more about potential funding and literacy support for your school?

Wensum English Hub is fully funded by the DfE to support schools with phonics and early reading - schools in a priority area may be eligible for up to £9,000!

We help schools achieve excellent teaching through developing early language, closing the word gap, approaching early reading through systematic synthetic phonics, and promoting a love of reading.

If you think your school would benefit from funding and bespoke support, join us for a 30 minutes online briefing led by our English Hub Lead.

Dates available:

  • Monday 26th February 10am-10.30am
  • Tuesday 5th March 1pm-1.30pm
  • Monday 11th March 10.30am-11am

20th March 2024 - Promoting a Love of Reading for All

Wensum English Hub is excited to be working with Roade and St John Bosco English Hubs for this collaborative virtual conference, with outstanding keynote speakers. The aim of the conference is to provide knowledge, understanding and strategies for providing more diverse and inclusive bookshelves, libraries and classrooms and to promote a love of reading for all pupils. 

The conference will be running from 9am to 12pm. 

March 2024 - Phonics for SEN Webinar series

Wensum English Hub is delighted to welcome Ann Sullivan for a free 3-part webinar series on helping SEN pupils with Phonics. The first session will examine the SEND context and answer the following questions:

  • Why teachers in mainstream schools need to understand how to meet the needs of pupils with moderate to severe and complex needs?
  • Can all children learn how to read?
  • What do we teach pupils with moderate to severe and complex needs when we teach them to read and spell?
  • What should a programme for pupils with complex SEND look like?

The second session will explore some simple strategies that enable access to phonics for pupils with a range of needs including, pupils with a physical disability and pupils who are pre- or nonverbal.

The third session will explore how to approach the teaching of blending with pupils with moderate to severe and complex SEND. The session will include looking at a number of useful strategies, some of which are not commonly used in mainstream programmes.

If you would like to attend this free 3-part webinar, please complete this form. We will email attendees confirming their space alongside the link to join the webinar. Each webinar will take place from 3.45pm to 5pm.

Webinar dates:

  • Session 1: Thursday 7th March 2024
  • Session 2: Thursday 14th March 2024
  • Session 3: Thursday 21st March 2024

9th May 2024 - Talk Through Stories

Wensum English Hub are delighted to present Nick Cannon for this one day, free training session on Talk Through Stories.
Designed by Ruth Miskin, this session will explore how Talk Through Stories extends and deepens children’s comprehension and vocabulary in reception, Year 1 and 2.
Talk Through Stories equips children with the necessary vocabulary to understand the book they will soon be able to read for themselves.
Designed to be compatible with any phonics programme, this session will help teachers bring to life your daily storytime, whilst building on children’s vocabulary skills. Delegates will leave this session with an action plan to help develop storytime and vocabulary skills within their setting.

Our fully funded places are extremely limited, click the button below to register your interest!

Venue Holiday Inn Norwich - North

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