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Behaviour and Attendance e-newsletter – autumn 2009

Promoting Behaviour and Attendance school partnerships

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill 2009

A new Behaviour and Attendance (B&A) school partnership outcomes framework has been produced based on the ten key characteristics of effective partnerships identified in the Steer report, Learning behaviour: lessons learned. The development and proposed use of this framework is based on the assumption that provisions in the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill 2009 receive Royal assent, anticipated in November 2009.

Subject to Parliamentary agreement, the Bill will help to:

  • establish behaviour and attendance partnerships on a statutory footing
  • require partnerships to report annually to children's trust boards
  • establish maintained schools, academies and colleges as being statutory 'relevant' partners of children's trusts.

B&A partnerships are still just one of the many partnerships that schools work in to support pupil progress. In some areas these partnerships are just starting to impact on behaviour and attendance and in others they are developing as established forums for support and challenge amongst partner headteachers.

Proposals to continue with partnership working were made clear in June 2009 with the Your child, your schools, our future: building a 21st century schools system White Paper.

Delivering the pupil and parent guarantees will require schools to work in partnership with other schools and with wider children's services in order to offer more by working together than any one partner could alone and to provide better value for money. At the same time, federation and other partnership solutions will become central to tackling underperformance and extending the reach of the best leaders. Partnerships with wider children's services as part of the children's trust will mean that schools can tackle problems early.

Further guidance on partnership working will be published by the DCSF this autumn and National Strategies regional advisers will be working with local authorities (LAs) to help support their successful development. This will include the ten key principles for partnership working identified by Sir Alan Steer – including that all Behaviour and Attendance partnerships should seek engagement in a Safer School Partnership with the police.