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NPSLBA: Evaluation of the Programme’s incorporation into the National Strategies

Publication date:
Mar 2010
DCSF ref:
00330-2010
Audience:
Attendance lead, B&A strategic lead, DCSF (Department for Children, Schools and Families) staff, National Strategies consultant

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An evaluation of NPSLBA was commissioned in 2009/10 to assess the impact on local authorities, schools and participants of incorporation into the National Strategies. A wide range of evidence was gathered in autumn 2009 including site visits to LAs, who have adopted the programme in different ways, scrutiny of performance management data, attendance at NPSLBA local lead network meetings and discussions with the regional adviser field force and the central project management team.

The intention was to identify features of the National Strategies behaviour and attendance team's approach that have contributed to or inhibited the Programme's success.  It was found that action taken by the National Strategies has contributed significantly to the Programme's recent strong performance. In particular, through:

  • Raising the profile of NPSLBA and, where necessary, restoring its reputation and credibility
  • Securing the active engagement of a large majority of local authorities and supporting them in aligning NPSLBA with their wider strategic agendas
  • Establishing robust systems for programme and performance management
  • Creating a national administration and support service which is valued by local authorities and participants
  • Helping local authorities to build their capacity to deliver NPSLBA
  • Maintaining and improving the materials.

Programme targets have been exceeded and participants have valued the opportunity to reflect on current practice and apply learning to the workplace to improve behaviour and attendance, in the context of distributed leadership, as well as follow new pathways to career development and promotion.

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