Education Support, Behaviour and Attendance Service (ESBAS)
1. What is ESBAS?
The Education Support, Behaviour and Attendance Service (ESBAS) provide specialist support and guidance to schools to support children and young people with:
- poor attendance
- challenging behaviour
- issues related to bullying.
Difficulties in these areas create barriers to learning and social relationships, which can lead to reduced engagement and success at school. We aim to overcome these barriers by liaising with the young person, their school and their family and creating targets around the behaviour and/or attendance in order to improve educational, social and emotional outcomes. We set targets by identifying the underlying needs communicated by the behaviours, and support the school and family with strategies for meeting those needs and managing the triggers and behaviours.
2. What we offer
ESBAS provides support in a variety of ways, including:
- Observations by Behaviour Advisers to identify underlying needs and suggest strategies to manage the behaviours through analysis of needs
- Working with teachers to develop their practice in the area of social, emotional and mental health needs
- 1:1 work from a Behaviour and Attendance Practitioner, including work with the young person directly, and/or modelling to an Individual Needs Assistant (INA)/Teaching Assistant
- Small group work intervention on an identified need (e.g. friendship groups)
- Reintegration support for young people that have been permanently excluded, including support during their time at College Central, and support during the first weeks at their new school
- Parenting support through 1:1 casework and group programs
- Working jointly with other ISEND Services to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to successfully access full time education
- Providing support and specialist advice around setting up Nurture Provision, to meet the needs of children and young people who are struggling to access full time whole-class education
- Providing support to schools around improving attendance and behaviour for Gypsy Roma Traveller children and young people
We also offer training to school staff, students and parents on:
- Raising awareness of the underlying needs that lead to difficult/ dangerous and concerning behaviours
- Increasing skills and confidence when managing difficult and dangerous behaviour
- An understanding of the legal requirements around maintaining registers, and strategies for tackling non-attendance and persistent absence
Read more about the courses we offer in the 2018/19 ESBAS training brochure. All courses can be tailored to better support your school's specific needs; please contact the service to discuss your requirements.
3. How to access support
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.
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.
East Sussex Policy and Guidance:
ISEND Deployment of Extended Support Assistants (ESA) to schools policy (Please contact the ESBAS Extended Support Team on 01273 481967 for more information)