Whether you’re looking to improve writing standards in your school, develop your subject leaders, or simply find training for primary English, our specialist advisory team can help.  We have a wealth of school improvement experience in all aspects of the English primary curriculum and its leadership. 

We work in partnership with schools and academies across mainstream, independent and special schools to listen carefully to your context and build a bespoke package of support.  

With a focus on building the capacity of English subject leaders and improving quality first teaching through strengthening teacher subject knowledge, we have a proven track record of success that ensures our schools remain at the forefront of strong practice. 

We have become an authority on developing reading fluency through a well-designed and robust programme that has a proven track record of outstanding results within a very short time.  To achieve this and to remain at the leading edge, we continue to work in collaboration with other experts in the field.

Read more about our Reading Fluency Project

What are the benefits of working with HFL to support primary English subject teaching? 

Whether you need assistance with developing better writing outcomes, building confident readers or phonics teaching, our advisers have the expertise to support you with the challenges of teaching and learning within the English curriculum.

We can help with:

  • Improved outcomes for pupils
  • Better subject knowledge for teachers
  • Stronger leadership of primary English in your school

All support can be accessed face to face or remotely.


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Whilst we can support you with any aspect of English in your school, typically, we can help you to: 

  • Develop subject leadership 

  • Improve phonics teaching 

  • Address issues around reading comprehension and fluency 

  • Improve writing outcomes at expected and greater depth standards 

  • Raise standards through developing vocabulary

  • Secure age-appropriate spelling 

  • Close the learning gaps for vulnerable groups 

Primary English curriculum impact packages

Our expert team of advisers can tailor all curriculum impact packages to strategically align with your school priorities. Each package follows the intent, implementation, and impact cycle through four half-day school visits and supporting resources.

Primary English research projects and programmes

Our English teaching and learning research projects are developed to replicate the results of previous successful small-scale work with schools, solve new or existing problems, or support and develop new approaches. They include projects for Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3 and Early Years including our highly regarded Reading Fluency Project.

Drawing upon our highly successful research projects we have also developed fully resourced programmes of training which are offered online with a combination of pre-recorded and live webinar sessions.


We write blogs as a tool to help teachers keep up-to-date with effective practice. We have also contributed articles to a range of educational publications such as Teach Primary. Read the latest English blogs


We have produced a wide range of detailed English resources that align with national curriculum expectations. These include detailed English plans and planning platforms which support teachers with their daily planning and teaching of reading and writing and which can be accessed as part of the PA Plus subscription service 

Some resources are also available to purchase separately, including our popular spelling scheme, ESSENTIAL spelling.

Training and conferences 

Our advisers deliver central training on a wide range of English themes and our training offer is regularly updated to reflect current school focuses as well as educational cycles. Alternatively, if there is a specific area of Continuing Professional Development that your school requires, we can deliver bespoke training sessions for your setting, either in person or remotely.   

We also host annual conferences, attracting high-calibre speakers and regularly present at national and regional conferences ourselves. 

Visit the HFL Education Hub to see the latest primary English training available.


As a result of working with HFL’s Primary English team, we have an enhanced understanding of the criteria for assessment of Greater Depth and the requirements of Age Related Expectations, in particular with spelling. We have also been supported with managing different groups of pupils within class and shown how to improve spelling with quicker and clearer identification of gaps. The impact on outcomes has been quick and effective and Ofsted commented on the improvement in English within the school.

English subject leader

Working with our adviser has been a fantastic help to my professional development. As a class teacher she offered fantastic support and advice in how to improve my teaching of Literacy, and now as Subject Leader, she has been a great source of support, information and encouragement as I have grown into my role. Thank you!

Jenny Osbourne, Year 6 teacher, Parkgate Junior School, Watford.


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If you’d like to know more about how HFL’s Primary English team can support your subject leaders through cost-effective expert advice and guidance that’s tailored to your exact needs, please contact us.


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