Government unveils task force to tackle school behaviour


Government behaviour tsar Tom Bennett and six advisors will form a new task force to tackle unruly behaviour in schools, the Department for Education has announced.

The group will support 20 lead schools across the country that display exemplary behaviour to help other schools and teachers to tackle disruption.

Among them are both current and former school leaders who have a proven track record of transforming schools and delivering behaviour management solutions at both primary and secondary level.

Education secretary Gavin Williamson said the programme will provide schools with the necessary tools so they can improve as they can “learn from the best”.

The £10 million programme was announced in the summer of 2019 and at least 500 schools are set to benefit from support from the 20 behaviour hubs over three years.

Mr Bennett, the Department for Education’s lead behaviour advisor, said the programme will draw on the knowledge of schools “who know how to turn things around”.

“There are some incredible schools out there making miracles happen every day, but many schools who, through no fault of their own, face huge challenges getting there,” he explained.

Lead schools on behaviour

To become a lead school, the Department for Education has said several criteria must be met, as detailed in its application guidance.

The document suggests that ten secondary schools and six primary schools will be joined by two special schools and two with alternative provisions to complete the set of 20 lead schools.

Each of these must be rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and meet score thresholds at their respective primary and secondary levels.

Above-average progress for Reading, Writing and Maths is required for primary schools for two of the last three years, with phonics scores for 2018/2019 at 90% or above.

Secondary schools must have English Baccalaureate entry rates of 45% or higher and an above-average progress 8 score for two of the last three years.

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