Education Support, Behaviour and Attendance Service (ESBAS)

3. How to access support

Core activity

Funding for Core behaviour support has been delegated to secondary maintained schools, secondary academies, and primary academies. Therefore, secondary schools and primary academies are not eligible for Core support and behaviour support for them is 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 personalised reward charts, risk assessments, Boxall Profile, adjustments to the environment/timetable/curriculum, 1:1 Individual Needs Assessment (INA) with the child or young person
• An Additional Needs Plan (ANP) has been started.

For all schools to meet the threshold for Core attendance support:
• Unauthorised absence is an ongoing concern over time
• The school has made reasonable attempts to increase attendance that have been unsuccessful (e.g. meetings and target-setting with parents, asked parents for medical evidence that has not been produced).

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, and can also apply for training courses through the ESBAS Training Brochure.
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 Front Door - on to Area Team Leaders.
Traded referrals – emailed to the ESBAS Inbox - on to Area Team Leaders.

Download the ESBAS traded intervention referral form for primary and secondary schools. 

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