On 24 May, the Department for Education (DfE) unveiled a £2 million pilot which will see nine teaching hubs set up across the county in an effort to “simplify and strengthen” how support is given to underperforming schools.
In a press release, the DfE invited “high performing schools” to apply to lead the hubs and offer “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 three-year programme designed to showcase best practice is expected to benefit 2,000 struggling schools, the government has said.
Academies minister Lord Agnew has endorsed the scheme as a reinforcement of the government’s commitment to reviewing school leadership. Speaking on the benefits of cross-school collaboration, Lord Agnew has commented that “each of the hubs will act as the centre point of an area’s school improvement offer […] with schools most in need benefitting the most from these reforms through the improvement level of consistency and quality in the support they receive”.
The pilot teaching hubs will launch this autumn with plans for teaching hubs to be rolled out nationally in 2020-21.
Collaborating effectively with other schools, regardless of whether your school shares a joint governance structure with other schools or is standalone, is becoming increasingly important to school success and performance.