Behaviour hubs

Find out how the behaviour hubs programme helps schools improve their behaviour culture by working with exemplary schools.

Applies to England


Prospective partner schools and multi-academy trusts (MATs) can apply to the behaviour hubs programme at any time. New cohorts start at the beginning of each term so schools do not need to wait until the start of the academic year.

Please note that we are not accepting applications for new lead schools at this time.


The Department for Education (DfE) is funding a 3-year programme to improve pupil behaviour.

The programme pairs schools and MATs with exemplary behaviour practices, called lead schools or MATs, with partner schools or MATs who want and need to improve pupil behaviour. It is flexible with a tailored offer of support depending on partner schools’ circumstances.

The behaviour hubs programme is open to primary and secondary schools, alternative provision schools and special schools across England that are rated ‘good’, ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.

MATs with at least one school that meets this Ofsted rating criteria may also apply.

A list of lead schools and MATs taking part in the programme is available.

The programme is based on creating a culture: how school leaders can optimise behaviour. Good behaviour, routines and structures in schools support all pupils’ engagement in education, and their mental health and wellbeing. Schools will work together to apply these principles to the individual context of the school.

Upon completion of the programme, schools and MATs will receive a grant of up to £9,000 with the amount of funding proportionate to the time commitment of each stream.

Visit the behaviour hubs website for more information about the support that the programme offers.


For any queries relating to behaviour hubs, to find out more about the programme or to enquire about participation, email

Education Development Trust is the delivery centre for behaviour hubs and has been appointed to:

  • manage the delivery of the programme
  • provide logistical and administrative support, including grant management, organising training, and collecting and monitoring information
  • be the central point of contact for lead schools, partner schools and the general public
Published 28 February 2020
Last updated 16 February 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated throughout to link to the new behaviour hubs website,

  2. Updated to reflect the closing of the lead school and MAT application window.

  3. Updated to extend the application date deadline to become a lead school or MAT to midnight on 31 October 2021.

  4. We are now accepting applications for new lead schools and multi-academy trusts (MATs) to join the behaviour hubs programme. We have added a link to the application form and application guidance. We have also added more information about the lead school and MAT criteria and the role of lead schools and MATs.

  5. Removed application deadline.

  6. Clarified the aims of the programme. Added new guidance on what support is available and a list of current lead schools and hubs.

  7. Provided information about the next cohort in the 'Apply' section.

  8. Updated programme information and information on how partner schools can apply.

  9. Removed application information - the application has now closed.

  10. Reformatted guidance and re-added details on how prospective lead schools and MATs can apply.

  11. Updated the programme start date.

  12. Included a link to a previously published guidance document to clarify how users can apply.

  13. First published.