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Department for Education behaviour hubs programme: updates

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The Department for Education (DfE) had planned to commence a new behaviour hubs programme in September 2020, to run for three years. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the timeline has now been revised. Further details on this can be found below.

The behaviour hubs programme will aim to support at least 500 identified partner schools currently facing challenges. The partnership programme aims to look at contextually appropriate ways of improving behaviour culture and management, including setting high standards for all pupils, de-escalating conflict and considering a range of other options. The hub approach is intended to be bespoke and should recognise that different schools require different approaches. Schools that have been judged 'requires improvement' will be referred onto the programme through the department's school improvement offer and, where appropriate, will be assessed based on need. This will be a voluntary process.

The DfE is looking for 20 schools from across primary, secondary, special and alternative provision sectors and three or four multi-academy trusts (MATs) with positive behaviour cultures and practices to partake in the programme as lead schools. Lead schools and MATs will work in partnership with those settings that volunteer to improve their behaviour culture. Details about the application process for becoming a lead schools can be found here

The initial application round was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, the DfE have made the following decisions:

  • The behaviour hubs programme timeline has been revised and the appointment of lead schools and MATs is now expected to take place in Spring 2021.
  • The Department intends to open a second application window later this year to allow schools and MATs who were unable to submit an application in the previous window (February to March 2020) to apply.
  • DfE will be issuing information about the second application window on their website when an application date is confirmed and communicating with eligible schools to keep them informed.
  • Schools that applied in the previous round will have their applications reviewed alongside new applications received in this second window. They will also have an opportunity to resubmit if they wish.

NAHT continues to engage with the DfE around their work on behaviour and will keep this webpage updated with any new information.

First published 24 June 2020