Outwood English Hub


Help us celebrate early reading and the launch of our English Hub on Thursday 7th February 2019!

Why not join us on Thursday 7th February 2019 for the launch of the Outwood English Hub?

We are delighted that Outwood Primary Academy Lofthouse Gate has been designated as a national English Hub. 

Join us on Thursday 7th February 2019 for a celebration of early reading and the launch of our hub.  The event will run from 10.00am until 3.00pm at the Outwood Conference Centre, Outwood Academy Adwick, Doncaster, DN6 7EQ.

Keynote speakers will include Ruth Miskin, one of the UK’s leading authorities on teaching children to read and Conrad Burdekin, creative writer and poet.


10:00 am – 10:30 am
Welcome & overview

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Ruth Miskin – Every child can read in our school

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Conrad Burdekin – How to inspire young children to read

 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Outwood English Hub Vision and Offer

The Background

In October 2018, the government announced the names of 32 schools across England (displayed on the map below) designated as national English Hubs. They will take a leading role in supporting schools in the teaching of early reading and phonics. We are excited to announce that Outwood Primary Academy Lofthouse Gate is one of the schools designated and will work as part of the Outwood Institute of Education.


The hub schools were chosen through a competitive process - all 32 have a background of excellent phonics teaching and are distributed to benefit the areas that need it most. Each hub will identify specialist literacy teachers who will get additional training to act as experts in teaching in early language and reading from reception year to Key Stage 1. The hubs will work with up to 170 local primary schools and will build a network of excellent phonics teaching in every region.

Congratulations to all students and staff at Outwood Primary Academy Lofthouse Gate and welcome to the Outwood Institute of Education family!