Cluster and hub provision: coronavirus (COVID-19)

This guidance is for those considering introducing a cluster or hub model, and for those where such a model is already operating.

With significantly reduced pupil and student numbers, the Department for Education (DfE) understands that shared provision through multi-school or provider cluster or hub arrangements may be considered. In some areas, local clusters or more widely geographically spread hubs are already in place and operating. In other areas, such arrangements are being considered.

The DfE understands that for early years in particular, where there are areas with limited availability of provision, a cluster or hub model could support necessary provision for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children.