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:

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:

We also offer training to school staff, students and parents on:

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

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. 

4. Resources

East Sussex Policy and Guidance:

Attendance Management and EHE Guidance for Special School - November 2020

Process for School Attendance Orders April 2021

CME Policy 2020

Council Attendance Guidance September 2020

ESCC Education Review Meeting (ERM) Guidance March 2021

Exclusions Guidance  September 2020 

Exclusions Guidance for Parents and Carers September 2019

ISEND Deployment of Extended Support Assistants (ESA) to schools policy (Please contact the ESBAS Extended Support Team on 01273 481967 for more information)

Mainstream EHE Process - November 2020

Process for engaging ESBAS for Looked After Children

Reduced Timetables Guidance for Schools April 2021

Restrictive Physical Intervention Guidance for Schools Settings and Colleges April 2020

School Attendance Roles & Responsibilities - appendix 1 - Bexhill Academyappendix 2 - Cradle Hill Primary School appendix 3 - Torfield Saxon Mount 

When to Intervene December 2020

Other Resources:

All Together United Against Bullying Online Programme 

Department for Education 'Exclusion from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England: Statutory guidance for those with legal responsibilities in relation to exclusion' guidance

Department for Education School Attendance Guidance 2020 to 2021