As part of the our hub mandate, we are able to provide a free package of more intensive support offered by our Literacy Specialist Team. A Literacy Specialist will be able to provide your school with 6 days of bespoke support which can include:

  • Support with writing an action plan.

  • Advice on choosing and using phonics resources effectively.

  • Leading INSETs.

  • Modelling teaching and team teaching.

  • Modelling teaching and team teaching.

Priority will be given to schools who can demonstrate a need for support and capacity to effect change.

Intensive support schools are also eligible for up to £6000 in resource funding to facilitate their consistent use of a systematic, synthetic phonics (SSP) programme. In addition, we are able to provide financial support to release key personnel on literacy specialist visit days.

 

Is your school eligible?

Your school may be eligible to become an intensive support partner school if it meets two or more of the criteria outlined below:

  • he school has lower than average percentage of pupils meeting the expected standard in the Phonics Screening Check (2019 PSC expected standard is 82%)

  • The school has a higher than average proportion of pupils reading below age-related expectations.

  • The school has a higher than average proportion of pupils reading below age-related expectations.

  • The school has a higher than average proportion of children eligible for pupil premium (2018/19 the pupil premium national average is 22.9%)

  • The school Ofsted judgement is either Requires Improvement or Inadequate.

  • The school has a high proportion of groups considered hard to reach, such as EAL, FSM, travellers, etc.

  • The school has been referred by a local partner (e.g. NLEs, RSCs, LAs, Opportunity Area teams)

 

"We're eligible! What do we do?"

If your school does meet the criteria for intensive support, we are keen to discuss this with you. The process that we will follow is:

  1. Invite your headteacher and reading/phonics lead to a showcase event to learn more about the offer of intensive support. We also ask that you download, complete and return a self-referral form.
  2. Conduct a phonics audit, which will provide the basis of your application to become an intensive support school.
  3. Submit the audit, as well as a summary action plan to the DfE Hubs Council for approval.

If you have any questions about this process, or would like to discuss whether you are eligible for intensive support, please feel free to contact our hub leads.