Department for Education
Thousands of schools to improve through shared expertise
Changes to school-to-school improvement to be tested in up to nine areas of the country.
High performing schools in England are set to provide a new way to help struggling counterparts make the most of their resources, boost professional development opportunities for teachers, and recruit and retain staff.
The Department for Education has today (24 May 2019) set out plans to launch a £2m pilot to simplify how the Government supports underperforming schools.
This builds on the successes of the Teaching Schools and National Leaders of Education programmes by tasking them to lead nine Teaching School Hubs across the country, to simplify and strengthen the way schools support each other to improve.
More than 2,000 struggling schools will benefit from a three-year programme of support to drive up standards with each Hub supporting 200 to 300 schools, giving them access to the expertise of some of the country’s highest performing school leaders.
The scheme will be tested in areas including Sheffield, Bromley, Northamptonshire and Bradford, from Autumn 2019 – with the application window now open – ahead of a proposed national roll-out of Teaching School Hubs in 2020/21.
Minister for the Schools System Lord Agnew said:
We want to ensure our best system leaders are able to support struggling schools in a way that is most efficient and beneficial for all.
Each of the hubs will act as the centre point of an area’s school improvement offer, which will be shared across the region, with schools most in need benefiting the most from these reforms through the improved levels of consistency and quality in the support they receive.
A clear, transparent and accountable system of school-to-school support is essential to the maintaining the high standards that we are already seeing in today’s school system.
Today’s announcement builds on the launch of the first-ever integrated recruitment and retention strategy, underscoring the Government’s commitment to review the current system of school leadership.
To complement the launch, the Department for Education has also published a research report on school-to-school support, that sets out there is still more to learn about the effectiveness of partnerships and collaborations which the Teaching School Hubs ‘test-and-learn’ will help to address.
Richard Gill, Teaching Schools Council Chair said:
We believe that Teaching School Hubs will empower the system to build on the excellent work that is already taking place in many parts of the country, and ensure there is even stronger, collaborative provision to meet any given local need.
Further information and details of how to apply can be found on Contracts Finder.
Latest News from
Department for Education
Lord Agnew speech at the Festival of Education24/06/2019 11:20:00
Lord Agnew recently spoke at the Festival of Education at Wellington College on 20 July 2019.
Traineeships help young people to access jobs and further study20/06/2019 10:10:10
New report highlights how traineeships are benefiting young people and employers.
Education Secretary confirms T Level roll-out from September 202019/06/2019 10:10:10
Second wave of FE providers announced to teach T Levels from 2021 – bringing the total to over 100.
Education Secretary challenges misconceptions of disadvantage18/06/2019 15:37:00
Education Secretary Damian Hinds speech given yesterday at Reform on what disadvantage looks like today and why, based on the latest analysis and evidence.
New measures to support disadvantaged children in schools18/06/2019 10:10:10
Education Secretary sets out plans to prevent the most vulnerable children missing out on school, raising visibility of those who have needed a social worker.
Hinds visits Arsenal’s league leading language project17/06/2019 10:10:10
Damian Hinds visits Arsenal's Double Club to see how it is helping pupils learn languages.
Thousands of new school places in underperforming areas14/06/2019 16:51:00
22 new free schools approved to open, aiming to help raise standards and give parents more choice.
Continued success in parents securing their top picks of school14/06/2019 12:10:00
More than nine out of 10 parents got one of their top three choices of primary or secondary school for their children this year.