Coronavirus: DfE's £10m behaviour hubs delayed until next year

Rollout of the government’s £10 million behaviour hubs programme has been pushed back until spring 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The project, led by behaviour tsar Tom Bennett, will support 500 schools across England to develop policies such as detention systems and sanctions for misbehaving pupils.

Originally the Department for Education planned to recruit up to 20 lead schools to become behaviour hubs and work with advisers to support struggling schools from September this year. 

However due to disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the DfE said it is now expecting to appoint and induct lead schools and academy trusts for the behaviour hubs in spring next year.

Applicants to the scheme have received a ministerial letter informing them of the revised timeline. 

As part of the programme, Bennett will work alongside a team of advisors to develop and deliver support programmes. 

This includes working with the supported schools to understand the behaviourial issues they face, developing “comprehensive, bespoke action plans” and participating in behaviour conferences.

The programme follows Bennett’s 2017 review of behaviour in schools and “will enable schools and multi-academy trusts with exemplary behaviour cultures and practices to work in partnership with those that want to improve their culture.”