Sedgefield Community College, part of Laidlaw Schools Trust, is one of 22 which has been selected to work with partner schools to help improve behaviour, as part of a £10 Million Behaviour Hub Programme from the Department for Education.
The programme will be led by a team of behavior advisors and aims to improve behaviour by pairing partner schools with a lead school. The schools can then work together to identify areas for improvement, taking a whole school approach to embed a positive behaviour culture throughout the school. This will support schools to then spend more time on teaching and learning and support students socially as well as academically.
Lead schools will form ‘hubs’ with a number of partner schools to learn from each other and share what works. Expectations and standards at Sedgefield Community College are exceptionally high, putting the school in a strong position to share best practice with other schools.
The Department for Education said ‘The lead schools selected have shown that good discipline overwhelmingly results in the best Ofsted ratings and overall outcomes for their students, and have demonstrated their capacity to support other schools to achieve the same.’
Geoff Robinson, Head Teacher at Sedgefield Community College said ‘Although it is the reputation and performance of SCC that has been instrumental in being designated as a lead school in the Behaviour Hub programme, we also need to acknowledge that this reputation is built on the support of our school vision and culture by all of our students, parents and staff. It is through these very high aspirations that our students have demonstrated to DfE that personal responsibility and high aspirations will always lead to success. We are excited at the opportunity of working with other schools and behaviour advisors to assist them in creating their own calm and purposeful learning environments.’
Ian Simpson, CEO of Laidlaw Schools Trust said ‘I am delighted that the DfE has recognised Sedgefield Community College’s outstanding contribution to education in the North East through the awarding of this role. It is testament not only to the success of Sedgefield Community College, but also how it can support other schools in the region.’