We are thrilled to announce that two of our schools have been selected as Behaviour Hub Leads thanks to the ‘exceptional behaviour culture’ in their schools.
St James School in Exeter and Marine Academy Primary in Plymouth, who are both part of the Ted Wragg Trust, are among only four in the south west and 28 schools across the UK to have been awarded the prestigious Behaviour Hub Lead status by the Department for Education.
Each Behaviour Hub works with a cohort of local schools, supporting them to develop good behaviour, routines, and structures, which in turn helps improve pupil engagement, mental health, and wellbeing.
The Behaviour Hubs programme provides senior leadership teams with the tailored support, training, and advice needed to improve behaviour and generate lasting cultural change. By creating calm, orderly, safe, and supportive environments, schools can build a behaviour culture that benefits everyone – so that pupils can learn, and teachers can teach.
As lead schools, both St James and Marine Academy Primary have shown exemplary behaviour practices and will help partner schools within the programme to implement lasting whole-school culture changes by providing tailored one-to-one support, training, and advice to improve behaviour culture and encourage lasting cultural change that is tailored to each individual school.
Simon Weir, Director of Behaviour and Attendance at the Ted Wragg Trust, said: “We are excited and delighted to be collaborating with our partner schools. It is a testament to the hard work and endeavour of our students, parents, and staff that we have this opportunity to transform lives and communities for the better.”
The programme is a £10m initiative to improve pupil behaviour in schools. The Behaviour Hubs programme, a manifesto commitment from this Government, aims to support almost 650 schools between 2021 and 2024 in improving their behaviour cultures by working with selected schools that are exemplary in this regard.
Moira Marder, Chief Executive of the Ted Wragg Trust, says: “This is a real accolade for our ambitious Trust of Schools, and is great recognition for all the amazing work that takes places within our teams to serve their communities every day.”
Siobhan Meredith, Director of Primary and All-Through and Headteacher at Marine Academy an outstanding lead school, comments: “We are delighted that Marine Academy Primary has been selected as a Behaviour Lead School. It is a true privilege and testament to the dedication of staff at the school and within the Trust. We’ve already embarked on training days with partner schools which have been well received and this enables us to empower schools to make sustainable and impactful changes to their behaviour culture.”
The Behaviour Hubs programme is based on principles outlined in ‘Creating a culture: a review of behaviour management in schools’ – an independent behaviour review by Tom Bennett, lead adviser on the Behaviour Hubs programme, published in March 2017.
Lindsay Skinner, Headteacher at St James says: “We know how important behaviour is to pupil engagement and successful learning outcomes. This is something which we dedicate a signific
ant amount of time and resource to at St James; we’re really proud to have been selected as a lead school and we’re looking forward to working with our partner schools to support them on this positive journey.”