Department for Education Behaviour Hub Programme

Cornelius Vermuyden School
September 14, 2021

Department for Education Behaviour Hub Programme

As I am sure you are aware the school’s last inspection rated the school as ‘requires improvement’. A school that is judged as requires improvement (overall effectiveness grade 3) is a school that is not good but overall provides an acceptable standard of education.

For me, just being acceptable is not good enough. It is not good enough for the students within our care, our employees, or the community we serve. It is my firm view the school can do better and will do better.

Linked to behaviour, I am sure from my many updates that you have received you understand from April 2021, the school is part of the DfE £10 million Behaviour Hub programme, and we are working directly with the Department of Education officials and recommended partners to improve all behaviour rules, practises and culture. Many of these have been launched fully since our return on 2 September 2021.

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

The programme pairs schools with exemplary behaviour practices, with partner schools who want and need to improve pupil behaviour.

The programme is flexible but our school can expect to get behaviour support with:

  • diagnosing specific areas of improvement
  • designing and developing new approaches to addressing poor behaviour
  • developing clear, sustainable behaviour cultures for all pupils

We firmly believe that good behaviour, routines and structures in school support all pupils’ engagement in education, and their mental health and wellbeing. 

We look forward to continuing to work with the DfE Behaviour Hub team to apply these principles to the individual context of the school over the next academic year.

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Able Children in England

Cornelius Vermuyden are an official member of NACE (National association of Able Children in England).

Not only does this partnership support our development of our highest achieving pupils, it supports the development of every pupil in the school. We are committed to ensuring that a high level of challenge exists in the classroom in every lesson and to help potential convert to success and happiness for our pupils. We are firm believers that "rising tides lift all ships" and that if all students have a daily diet of challenging experiences at school and beyond, then this will help support their educational and personal development as learners and as people. Yet, as our 2016 GCSE results showed, those who come to us classed as more able achieve incredible results – for example, Callum Cuthbert leaving the school with 11 A* grades is an achievement that is not just well above the national average in terms of progress and achievement, but one that should be celebrated in terms of the school's work with its high achieving pupils.

However, here at Cornelius Vermuyden, we promote the ethos that all children must be given access to a positive mindset in terms of their learning. The message is clear; all young people are capable of reaching any goal they set their mind to if they are challenged and show a positive attitude to self - improvement . Cornelius Vermuyden places challenge and the importance of a 'growth mindset' at the heart of its teaching and learning vision for our pupils and our association with NACE is supporting this commitment to all pupils at the school.

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