Education Support, Behaviour and Attendance Service (ESBAS)

3. How to access support from ESBAS

Core activity: Behaviour

Funding for Core behaviour support has been retained by secondary maintained schools, secondary academies, free schools, and primary academies. Therefore, secondary schools and primary academies are not eligible for Core behaviour support and is available to them on a traded basis.


For maintained primary schools to meet the threshold for Core behaviour support:

  • Child/young person is at serious risk of exclusion.
  • The school have made reasonable adjustments to manage the behaviour which could include; risk assessments, Boxall Profile, adjustments to the environment/timetable/curriculum, increased adult support or a bespoke curriculum.
  • An Additional Needs Plan (ANP) has been started.


Core activity: Attendance

All maintained, academies, free schools and special schools in East Sussex can access core attendance support from ESBAS. Thresholds for individual case work includes:

  • Evidence of strategies put in place by school (letters, attempts at meetings with parents, targets set and reasonable adjustments where appropriate).
  • Details of at least one review of the targets and strategies.
  • Evidence of pupil voice around why attendance is low.
  • Absence must be unauthorised (at least 10 sessions in last 6 to 8 weeks).
  • An Assess, Plan, Do, Review sheet or an ANP with at least one review.
  • For all schools to meet the threshold for Core anti-bullying support:
    There is a safeguarding risk to the young person.


Traded Activity

ESBAS work on a bespoke basis to ensure schools can buy the service they require. Schools should contact their Area Team Leader to discuss their requirements for support around behaviour and attendance.

Our traded offer includes opportunities such as:

  • Intervention support directly with individual or groups of children/young people around behaviour, attendance and/or anti-bullying
  • Building capacity in the school staff to manage difficult and dangerous behaviour (modelling to INAs, TAs and class teachers)
  • Building skills and confidence for class teachers around behaviour management
  • Review/development of a Whole School Behaviour Policy and strategies for consistent implementation
  • Building skills and confidence for school staff responsible for managing and improving attendance
  • Bespoke packages for attendance intervention (eg ‘door knocking’, ‘truancy sweeps’)
  • Training for Governing Bodies and Academy Trusts around exclusions

Referral contact method:

Core referrals – emailed to the FrontDoor - on to Area Team Leaders.
Traded referrals – emailed to the ESBAS Inbox - on to Area Team Leaders.

Download the ESBAS traded intervention referral form (Word, 45k) for primary and secondary schools. 

Other resources:

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Changes to the school suspension and permanent exclusion process during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak - GOV.UK (

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