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Behaviour and Attendance e-newsletter – autumn 2009

Behaviour and Attendance 2010–2011

Work in progress

Local authorities (LAs) may find it helpful to have early sight of our emerging annual plan for 2010–11. The essence of the plan and its key priorities are much the same as this year. In discussion with the DCSF, the detail of the plan will be agreed over the coming months, with a gradual transition to empowering local solutions to programme activity, in view of the recent White Paper Your child, Your schools, our future: building a 21st century schools system (June 2009).

Key priorities of the Behaviour, Attendance and SEAL programme

  • Delivery of the Children's Plan goal of no LA having more than five per cent persistent absence at secondary school level.
  • Delivery of work to improve the number of schools judged good or outstanding on behaviour; also to reduce the number of schools judged satisfactory, in response to the Behaviour Challenge to meet the ambition that 'by 2012 all schools will either have a good or outstanding Ofsted rating on behaviour, or be on track to reach one at their next inspection'.

Supporting priorities

This term we are aiming to deliver the White Paper pupil guarantee of ensuring that every pupil will go to a school where there is good behaviour and where additional needs are spotted early and quickly addressed. This includes:

  • supporting the delivery of Back on Track
  • challenging LAs on disproportionate exclusions
  • consolidating effective practice on approaches to develop pupils' social and emotional skills and also strategies in addressing bullying and parental responsibility
  • promoting strategic alignment in children's services and schools, links to other programmes with related priorities and assessing impact.

These priorities will be delivered within the following contexts:

  • Strengthening Behaviour and Attendance (B&A) partnerships to achieve programme outcomes, including engagement with safer school partnerships, use of the new self-review framework and supporting partnerships to report to children's trusts.
  • Utilising the potential of the National Programme for Specialist Leaders of Behaviour and Attendance (NPSLBA) in developing distributed leadership in priority schools and other settings including pupil referral units (PRUs) and alternative provision.

The 2010–11 plan will focus on equal time given to programme resources and deployment accordingly and allowing flexibility to meet LA and school needs. This will be achieved in the following ways:

  • Intensive and targeted work in LAs and schools causing concern to keep on track to meet programme targets
  • Refinement of existing materials, focusing on effective practice, evidence and impact, to embed a professional legacy
  • Capacity-building of other key stakeholders such as government offices (GOs), School Improvement Partners (SIPs), National Challenge Advisers (NCAs), as well as existing partners in LAs and schools, including school clusters, to lead and manage new arrangements efficiently and effectively and secure succession, in view of the White Paper.