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:
- Providing high quality support which makes a real difference to schools, learners and their families
- Interventions are flexible enough to meet the needs of schools, learners and their families
- Support is provided on a sound understanding of the local context and the particular needs of schools, learners and their families.
The Education Support, Behaviour and Attendance Service (ESBAS) provide specialist advice, guidance, and intervention to schools to support children and young people with:
- Poor attendance
- Difficult, dangerous, or concerning 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 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:
- Observations by Behaviour Advisers to identify underlying needs and suggest strategies to manage the behaviours through analysis of needs
- Whole class, Teacher or SENCO support
- Working with teachers to develop their practice in 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)
- 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
- ELSA mentoring support
- 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
- Reintegration support for young people who have been identified as children missing education and not on a school roll for more than 3 months.
- Parent support sessions through 1:1 casework and group programs
- ESBAS gathers and reviews the learner’s voice at the start of any one-to-one interventions to help identify the underlying needs communicated by the behaviours/non-attendance.
- Support plan meetings with schools, parent/carers and the learner are person-centered with SMART targets agreed to bring about change and positive outcomes for the learner.
- ESBAS will also coordinate and participate in multi-agency working as appropriate to secure better outcomes for the learner and safeguard their rights to a suitable and appropriate education.
- Providing support to schools around improving attendance and behaviour for Gypsy Roma Traveller children and young people
- Undertake data analysis meetings with schools to promote early identification and timely support for learners and their families through robust tracking and monitoring processes
- Targeted casework for individual children and young people to improve attendance
- Whole school strategic support to improve attendance
- Advice, guidance, and consultation to assist with early intervention
- Special school’s attendance support
- Attendance and Autism specialist support
- Working jointly with other ISEND and other professionals
- Developing bespoke packages of support
- Attendance helpline for schools
- 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
- Modelling meetings and how to hold difficult conversations with parent/carers to ensure consistent messages and approaches to managing regular and good attendance
- Senior leadership support around policies and practices in relation to behaviour and attendance matters.
- Therapeutic Thinking training and support (link to czone page)
- Training for attendance leads and attendance officers
- We also offer training around Attendance and Behaviour matters, courses can be tailored to support your school's specific needs; please contact the service to discuss your requirements.
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.
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.
(please can you add the doc below to resources page on CZone)