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English Hub Conference

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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.


Katie Press and Tara Dodson

High quality phonics – supporting all of your pupils to keep up

This session is a must for all phonics teachers. Phonics experts, Tara Dodson and Katie Press (authors of a DfE-validated SSP), will talk you through best practice in phonics and how to ensure you are supporting your lowest 20% to keep up.

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Michelle Nicholson, Lead Teaching and Learning Adviser Primary English, HFL Education

Vocabulary and reading

Lead Teaching and Learning Adviser at HFL, Michelle Nicholson, will take us through the reciprocal relationship between reading fluency and vocabulary development in this session.


Emma Lennard

Language development in the EYFS

In this session, Emma Lennard (Curriculum Adviser at Primary Knowledge Curriculum), will explore language development in the early years and how our practice and provision can support pupils’ language skills and close the word gap.

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Rachel Tinney

Being an English Hub partner school

In this session, Rachel Tinney will share her experiences as Reading Lead at Featherstone Primary School, an English Hub Partner School. A must-see for anyone interested in English Hub support!


Sarah Smith

The best children’s books of the year

Sarah Smith, of Brent Libraries, will be sharing her best children’s books of the year. Sarah, who sits as a judge on a number of national book awards, will focus on the best quality children’s literature available now. Sarah’s knowledge of engaging and inclusive texts is second to none!

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Teresa Cremin

Reading for pleasure: responsibility, rigour and relevance

Teresa Cremin, Professor of Education at The Open University, is a leading voice in the reading for pleasure movement. Teresa’s research focuses on volitional reading and writing, teachers’ and children’s literate identities and creative pedagogies. A Fellow of the English Association, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Royal Society of the Arts, Teresa is also currently a Trustee of the UK Literacy Association, a Great School Libraries Champion and an appointed DfE Reading for pleasure expert. Teresa has published over 30 books on teaching literacy and nurturing creativity. In this must-see keynote, Teresa will explore developing a whole school culture of reading enjoyment.

English Hub Knowledge Schools Trust

West London Free School Primary

Cambridge Grove

Hammersmith, W6 0LB

0203 096 6016

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