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Behaviour Hub.

Behaviour Hubs Programme
In 2021, the Department for Education (DfE) announced the first 22 schools which will lead its £10 million Behaviour Hubs initiative.

Charles Dickens Primary School (CDPS) is delighted to have been awarded Lead School status. 

What is the Behaviour Hubs Programme?

Behaviour Hubs is a one-year programme, fully funded by the Department for Education (DfE), that provides support, training and advice for schools and MATs who want to improve their behaviour culture. The programme supports schools through the steps on the following journey:

1. Diagnose issues

2. Develop new behaviour approaches

3. Launch new behaviour approaches

4. Monitor the impact of new approaches.

The role of a Lead School 

As a Lead School, CDPS will support pre-selected Partner Schools through this journey. Partner Schools have been selected because they want to improve behaviour culture within their school. Schools will join the programme on one of two streams: 

1. Core Support 

Partner Schools receiving Core Support are those that want to work more independently. 

2. Extended Support 

Schools receiving Extended Support will value more in-depth one-to-one support from lead schools. 

How many schools will you be supporting?

Each year, Lead Schools will support two schools on the Extended Support stream and three schools on the Core Support stream.

What is a Lead School’s role on the programme? 

Lead Schools will be responsible for supporting their Partner schools in a range of ways, tailored to each school’s individual needs, with the overall aim to enable real change. 

Lead schools will: 

  • Visit schools to support with the diagnosis of key issues 
  • Support in the writing and reviewing of action plans
  • Visit and meet school leaders regularly to determine next steps
  • Support in the writing of new policies and deliver whole school implementation training 
  • Run termly Open Days to enable Partner Schools to observe best practice
  • Facilitate termly networking events both for Partner Schools and Lead Schools  
  • Support partner schools one to one and also through online forums.

Lead School’s approach


CDPS’s approach is embedded and aligned with Education Endowment Fund (EEF) guidance, which can be found here:

“Our values support and drive our commitment to positive behaviour – we believe in teaching children how to manage their own behaviour and respond appropriately to the behaviour of others. Our staff structure provides focused leadership of behaviour and capacity to lead.”
Michael Eggleton, Head of School, Charles Dickens Primary school

Lead School’s experience 

CDPS has experience in successfully helping other schools at scale and individually in developing their approaches and structures to behaviour, curriculum, teaching and leadership. The Behaviour Hub Programme will build successfully on our impact as a Teaching School Hub, EEF Research School and Challenge Partners Hub. Existing programme structures include: RULER, EEF Learning Behaviours and Mentally Healthy Schools.

As well as a whole school behaviour offer, teachers can also receive specialist training through the National Professional Qualification in leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC). Find out more here

Information about the Behaviour Hub programme can be found on this DFE webpage 

Want to speak to us about Behaviour Hubs? Speak to our programme director, Emily Crow