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KST English Hub Conference 2023

Details about the 2023 KST English Hub Conference will be released soon.

Keep an eye on our website and Twitter to be the first to hear!

June 2023

KST English Hub Conference 2022

23rd June 2022



The Agenda



Becky Dwyer and Laura Lund


Becky Dwyer, KST English Hub Lead and Laura Lund, Director of Primary Education for the Knowledge Schools Trust will welcome you to the KST English Hub Conference and provide an outline of the day.


Emma Madden


Emma is the Head of School at Fox Primary School and speaks passionately about the importance of vocabulary. Emma studied English Literature at Cambridge University, before completing her PGCE and Masters of Teaching at the Institute of Education.  

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Katie Press and Tara Dodson

High quality phonics teaching

Katie Press and Tara Dodson are the authors of Essential Letters and Sounds.

Katie is the Director of English for the Knowledge Schools Trust Primaries. Having led phonics across the trust, Katie has supported the trust primaries through three outstanding Ofsted inspections. Tara began working at the Knowledge Schools Trust in 2020 as the English Hub Lead after spending 10 years working within Primary Schools across London.


Cathy Longhurst and Nic Keating

Becoming an English Hubs partner school – experience and impact

Mandeville Primary School was a Wave 2 partner school. After a successful partnership they have now graduated from the English Hub programme. Cathy and Nic will be sharing their experiences of working with the Hub and the impact this had – including a ‘Good’ OfSTED in 2021 that praised their practice in early reading.

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Sarah Smith, Brent Libraries

Diversity and representation in children’s literature

Sarah Smith is a Libraries Development Manager at Brent Council who, in 2020, received a BEM (British Empire Medal) for her services to public libraries. Sarah has worked at Brent Council for 16 years in a role which embraces literacy, learning and culture for all ages. She is a passionate exponent of reading and libraries, with an interest in promoting the representation and celebration of cultural diversity through her work.


Emma Lennard, Curriculum Consultant PKC

The role of the curriculum in early language development

Emma Lennard is an independent primary curriculum advisor, working with schools across the country. She began working with the Knowledge Schools Trust in 2013, as they opened their first primary school. Emma has supported the trust to develop their Primary Knowledge Curriculum; writing curriculum content, developing CPD for teachers and delivering training. Emma previously worked with the Westminster based think-tank, Civitas, developing the Core Knowledge UK curriculum. Emma has spoken at a variety of education conferences and teacher training events. She has supported DfE panels on qualification reform and Early Years. Before completing a PGCE with the Primary Catholic Partnership in Southampton and then teaching in central London, Emma studied International Relations at the University of Exeter.

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Chris Such, author of ‘The Art and Science of Teaching Primary Reading’

Fluency and evidence-informed reading comprehension

Christopher is a primary school teacher who has worked in education for over fourteen years, teaching reading to children in every year group from reception to Year 6. He is currently a senior leader responsible for curriculum improvement and professional development. In 2021, he wrote ‘The Art and Science of Teaching Primary Reading’, described as ‘the essential guide to the science behind reading and its practical implications for classroom teaching in primary schools.’

English Hub Knowledge Schools Trust

West London Free School Primary

Cambridge Grove

Hammersmith, W6 0LB

0203 096 6016

English Hub Conference

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