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The Department for Education (DfE) is funding a 3-year programme to improve pupil behaviour. You can link to the DfE page here.

The programme pairs schools and MATs with exemplary behaviour practices, called lead schools or MATs, with partner schools or MATs who want and need to improve pupil behaviour.

The programme is flexible with a tailored offer of support depending on partner schools’ circumstances, but all partner schools can expect to get support with:

  • diagnosing specific areas of improvement
  • designing and developing new approaches to addressing poor behaviour
  • developing clear, sustainable behaviour cultures for all pupils

The programme is based on creating a culture: how school leaders can optimise behaviour. Good behaviour, routines and structures in schools support all pupils’ engagement in education, and their mental health and wellbeing. Schools will work together to apply these principles to the individual context of the school.

Behaviour Hub support offer 

There are 5 parts to the support offer:

  1. One-to-one support
  2. Training
  3. Open days
  4. Networking events
  5. Resources

 You can download the full support offer brochure from the attachment below.

Applying to be a Behaviour Hub

(applications are currently closed)

Schools and multi-academy trusts (MATs) can apply at any time.

New cohorts start at the beginning of each term, so schools do not need to wait until the start of the academic year.

You will find the Application form here


The following partner schools can apply:

  • primary schools
  • secondary schools
  • alternative provision schools
  • special schools
  • MATs

To be a partner school you must be rated ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted. Applications are currently being accepted from schools across England, but there is limited capacity in the South West for the September cohort.

To be a partner MAT you should have at least one secondary school within your trust rated ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted.

Partner schools will need to allocate around 20 to 30 days of engagement to the programme. This can be spread out amongst school staff, including senior leaders.

Lead and partner schools on the programme will be expected to work with each other for one year, but schools may be able to work together for 2 years if it is required after completion of the first year.