Education Support, Behaviour and Attendance Service (ESBAS)

1. What is ESBAS?

ESBAS believe that all learners can realise their full potential, some just need a little more support to do so. ESBAS have a set of core values, these include:

The Education Support, Behaviour and Attendance Service (ESBAS) provide specialist advice, guidance, and intervention 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 to improve educational, social, and emotional outcomes.  We set targets by analysing and 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 ESBAS offer

ESBAS provides support in a variety of ways, including:




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:


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:


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:

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 (

4. ESBAS Resources

East Sussex Policy and Guidance:

Attendance Management and EHE Guidance for Special School - Sept 21

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 2021 

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 May 2021

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

When to Intervene December 2020

ESBAS Attendance Support and Referral Process for Special Schools in East Sussex

Other Resources:

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

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