Failing schools in England are about to be boosted with the creation of nine new teaching school hubs who will receive £2 million for the purpose.

These hubs will be testing the school-to-school improvement scheme before it’s rolled out.

Now, high performing schools will help struggling counterparts so they make the most of their resources and boost the development and professional opportunities of their teaching staff.

The government hopes that the pilot scheme will also show how to retain and recruit teaching staff.

The plans have been laid out by the Department for Education on how the government will support underperforming schools.

Simplify the way that schools support each other

The new scheme follows in the footsteps of the National Leaders of Education and Teaching Schools programmes by asking school hubs to strengthen and simplify the way that schools support each other.

Around 2,000 schools that are struggling currently will benefit from the three-year programme to drive up standards.

Each school training hub will support between 200 and 300 schools.

In doing so, they will offer failing schools the chance to access the expertise of some of England’s best performing school leaders.

The test areas will include Bromley, Bradford, Sheffield and Northamptonshire from this autumn.

Application window is now open for teaching schools

The application window is now open for teaching schools to apply and the national roll-out will occur in the 2020/21 academic year.

Lord Agnew, the minister for the school system, said: “Each hub will act as a centre point of the area’s school improvement and it will be offered across the regions to schools most in need of benefiting from the reforms.

“We want to ensure that the best leaders can support struggling schools in a way that’s beneficial and efficient for all.”

He added that there is a need for a clear and accountable system of school-to-school support to help establish the ‘high standards we see in England’s school system’.

The latest announcement builds on the integrated retention and recruitment strategy that was unveiled by the government as part of their commitment in reviewing the system of school leadership.

How school-to-school support will work

The Department for Education has also published a report on how school-to-school support will work and how schools can learn from collaborations and partnerships.

The Teaching Schools Council’ chair, Richard Gill, said: “Teaching school hubs will empower schools to build on the work taking place and ensure they are in a stronger position and there’s a collaborative provision for meeting any local need.”