Direct Instruction South Hub

Welcome to the South Hub, based at Avonbourne Academies in Bournemouth, part of the National United Learning Academy Trust. 

The role at the South Hub is to provide quality teaching of Direct Instruction (DI) to the selected students in our school, who are enrolled onto the programmes. The Hub also provides first class training and provision for schools wishing to implement Direct Instruction and offer a range of packages. Once schools are set up, the Hub continues to support them on their DI journey.

The Hub work closely with Kurt Engelmann and the NIFDI team in the United States in ensuring that what they deliver in the UK is of the highest quality and they are up to date with the latest practices.


Direct Instruction is a teaching method extensively tested and proven to turn all students into confident learners. Siegfried Engelmann, creator of Direct Instruction believed, and has proved that correctly applied DI can improve academic performance as well as behaviour. Direct Instruction gives schools a clear path to achieving and even surpassing Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).​

The Direct Instruction method is based on two core principles:

1. All students can learn when taught correctly, regardless of past history and background.

2. All teachers can be successful, given effective teaching materials and presentation techniques. Every aspect of a Direct Instruction program is designed, tested, and proven to fulfil these essential principles.​

Lessons are:

• Explicit, with purposeful instruction designed to develop skilled and confident learners.

• Intensive, allowing teachers to cover more than a year’s worth of material in a single year.

• Consistent, allowing students to focus on the material they are learning.

• Interactive, with quick pacing and group responses that keep all students engaged to tackle new challenges.



BEd HONS | Director of Direct Instruction (Maths)

Kevin is Director of Direct Instruction for Maths for the United Learning Trust overseeing the forty-two secondary schools in the UL chain as well as offering ongoing support to trusts and schools across the UK. ​Kevin specialises in KS3 Maths.

Kevin started his teaching career in primary school education in the London Borough of Newham and went into secondary education when he moved to Dorset. He remembers how tough life was in Inner City London during the early 80's where he grew up. It was his own schooling experience and subsequent life experiences that has driven his passion to help disadvantaged children achieve throughout his teaching career. Closing the gaps between the disadvantaged and the more advantaged children is what still drives him on and a pursuit of equality in education remains his aim. Kevin started his DI journey in 2017 and is experienced in teaching and coaching all the Corrective Maths and Reading programmes and Connecting Maths Concepts. Kevin has a love of History that he enjoys reading in his own time as well as playing bowls at a competitive level. Twitter: @surrey_kevin



BA HONS | Director of Direct Instruction (English)​

Suzy is Director of Direct Instruction for English for the United Learning Trust overseeing the forty-two secondary schools in the UL chain as well as offering ongoing support to trusts and schools across the UK. Suzy specialises in KS3 English and KS4 Media Studies.

Suzy grew up in a warm strict household and it was her own life experiences growing up in Lambeth, South London that has driven her to want to help children see the value of education and to help students achieve success. Suzy graduated with honours in 2002 and soon after, moved to the South Coast of England. Her teaching journey started at Glenmoor & Winton Academy in Bournemouth and she later joined Magna Academy in Poole in 2012. Suzy was introduced to Engelmann's Direction Instruction in 2017 and is now experienced in teaching and coaching all the Corrective Reading and Corrective Maths programmes and Connecting Maths Concepts. Suzy is an advocate of Direct Instruction, T&L and whole school improvement and works closely with well-known leaders and educators in the UK. Suzy enjoys family time and cooking. 

Twitter: @suzywybrow 


We offer a free 30-minutes telephone / web call in the first instance.

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Any lessons that you observe are free.

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