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The Department for Education announces new information on their behaviour hubs programme commencing September 2020

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Update 30.03.2020: Given the current pressures that all schools are facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department for Education has decided to introduce a second opportunity to apply to become a lead school or MAT for the behaviour hubs programme later in the year. Applications submitted in this current window (which closed on 30 March) will still be considered alongside those received in the subsequent window. NAHT will update members when details of this second round are released.

New information has been released on the Department for Education's (DfE's) behaviour hubs programme which commences September 2020 and will run for three years.

Behaviour hubs will aim to support at least 500 schools which are facing challenges to look at ways of improving behaviour including setting high standards for all pupils, de-escalating conflict and considering a range of other options, while recognising 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

NAHT continues to engage with the DfE around their work on behaviour.

First published 03 March 2020