"The Direct Instruction Hub UK team, Kevin and Suzy, have gone from strength to strength, driving the department to absolute excellence.
So honoured to be a part of their journey."-St. Martins, Leicestershire
Our Direct Instruction story started in 2017 where we were the first teachers in Dorset to pilot and implement Engelmann's Direct Instruction programmes at Magna Academy. After researching Siegfried Engelmann and his work, we were hooked and we started to deliver Direct Instruction to our classes. We immediately saw the impact of the programme on our more disadvantaged children and were blown away by the engagement and enthusiasm all the children exhibited. Not only did they show massive progress in attainment but their behaviour improved and their attitudes towards learning became much more positive.
We continued to read and watch the inspiring interviews with Siegfried Engelmann and were drawn to his overwhelming passion towards helping children succeed. We have always maintained a passion ourselves for closing the gap between disadvantaged children and the more advantaged children in our society, both growing up in working class families in London. We truly believe that Direct Instruction is the answer to us delivering this monumental task that our schools face. What has become more apparent to us through our journey, is that Direct Instruction is not just for those with gaps in their learning but is a great all round programme irrespective of your level of ability.
We have had comprehensive coaching from the National Institute of Direct Instruction (NIFDI) in becoming accredited trainers as we felt that this was the best way to endorse Direct Instruction and give support to as many children as we could in the number of schools we have visited and through the wonderful staff that we have met. We work closely with Kurt Engelmann and the NIFDI team in the United States weekly in ensuring that what we deliver in the UK is of the highest quality and we are up to date with the latest practices.
In January 2020, we opened the Direct Instruction Hub UK and are proud to say that we are the UK's leading Direct Instruction specialists, offering training and ongoing support to many schools across the country. Today, we have trained over a hundred schools across the UK, and continue to work closely with a number of MATs including, United Learning Trust, Greenshaw Learning Trust, Lion Heart Trust, Astrea Academy Trust, Advantage Schools and many more.
Our primary role now is to provide first class training to staff in schools wishing to implement the Direct Instruction programmes. We also offer a range of support packages, so staff are always able to receive further quality assurance on all aspects of Direct Instruction they have implemented. We feel very honoured to be in this position to continue the work in endorsing what Siegfried Engelmann started over 50 Years ago and that our colleagues in the US at the National Institute of Direct Instruction continue to promote.
The formation of the Direct Instruction Hub UK could not have been possible without the support of Richard Tutt, Mark Adams, Michelle Dyer and NIFDI who deserve our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for continuing to support us on our journey and our vision and McGraw Hill, who continue to support us and many schools we have worked with nationally and around the world.
Suzy Wybrow and Kevin Surrey