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Behaviour Hubs: A renewed focus on our approaches to behaviour in schools

The DfE has concerns that standards of behaviour are slipping. Their answer is new Behaviour Hubs, a more ‘traditional’ approach, and the promise of reviewed advice later this year. Suzanne O'Connell looks at what schools might do in the meantime...

Concern has been mounting that as the pandemic continues, the on-going restrictions and expectations might become too much for some students and that exclusions might climb as a result.

However, at a time when students may be struggling more than usual, the Department for Education appears to be taking a hard-line approach, with talk of “maintaining order and discipline” and strategies such as mobile phone bans and “quiet corridors” (DfE, 2021).

A key feature in ministers’ armoury is a £10m plan to establish new Behaviour Hubs (DfE, 2021).

It comes as education secretary Gavin Williamson has defended the use of exclusion, along with other traditional sanctions and has advocated a return to “good discipline” in a recent Telegraph article (2021). It is expected that new guidance on behaviour, discipline and exclusion will be issued later this year.

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