A Torquay-based academy of primary schools has been awarded £450,000 Government funding to share its expertise teaching English.

The Learning Academy Partnership - a primary academy trust of eight schools in Torquay, Paignton, the South Hams and Newton Abbot - will be using the extra cash to extend the reach of its flagship English Hub.

The money means the academy can grow the centre of excellence, based at Ilsham Church of England Academy, the founding school.

They focus on supporting the slowest progress children in reception and Year 1 to ensure every child is successful, regardless of background, needs or abilities.

Ilsham School was designated an English Hub because of its track record in excellent phonics and reading outcomes.

Emma Bone, of Ilsham English Hub, said: “Our drive is to ensure that partnership and collaboration is at the heart of all that we do.

“From day one we have been seeking a way to share and use the excellent practice which exists within schools.”