Getting ready to launch Luton’s Behaviour, Inclusion and Wellbeing (education) Strategy 2021
Following one of the recommendations of the Behaviour Review in 2016, the behaviour, inclusion and wellbeing board (BIWAB) was established.
In 2019 BIWAB set up a working subgroup to devise a Behaviour, Inclusion and wellbeing Strategy in order to develop a shared understanding of inclusion and a consistent approach to understanding and managing behaviour, wellbeing, inclusion and exclusion across Luton schools.
The need to offer more support to schools to better understand childrens behaviour and underlying social, emotional and mental health needs was highlighted in the Timpson Review of School exclusion (2019).
Variation of approach and provision in relation to use and experience of exclusion across an area was also highlighted as problematic and the importance of consistency has been emphasised. This also reflects the voice of young people themselves who have reported in consultations this sense of inequity.
The subgroup was made up of LA senior leaders (Education Service and Principal Educational Psychologist):
- LA Public Health Education specialist
- ACE Head Teacher
- A secondary Head Teacher
- A secondary Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for behaviour and inclusion
- Two primary Head Teachers
- A CAMHS lead clinician
- ALPS Primary Behaviour Advisor Teacher
- Two nursery Head Teachers
The subgroup met several times to consider Lutons vision for inclusion and aims, purpose and scope of the strategy which was to develop a consistent, equitable, town-wide approach to inclusion for all children with special educational needs, but especially for those with underlying social, emotional and mental health needs.
Seven key priorities and objectives were identified in order to: deliver Lutons vision for inclusion; to inform school behaviour, inclusion and wellbeing policies and to develop the key performance indicators against which success is measured.
The seven priorities include:
- Gaining commitment from all schools to implement the Strategy (sign up to and display and promote the commitment charter in their settings)
To use the guiding principles for decision making framework when making decisions about exclusions to ensure educational settings have asked if they have done all they can do to prevent exclusion
To offer training for staff so they are ‘attachment aware’ and understand trauma informed and relationship based approaches to managing challenging behaviour and to develop resilience in children and young people
- To engage in preventative work such as promoting and supporting ‘quality first teaching’, preparing children for transitions and taking a graduated response to managing emerging difficulties
- To develop equitable, timely and creative re-integration opportunities for young people who have been or who are at risk of exclusion
- To ensure alternative provisions are of the highest quality
- To establish systems for evaluating the effectiveness and impact of the strategy
Currently although exclusion rates have declined in the last few years in Luton and nationally, Luton has higher than national rates of exclusion. The strategy aims to address this and ensure we have consistency of approach to managing behaviour, identifying underlying social, emotional and mental health needs in children and young people who may display behavioural difficulties.
It aims to develop a shared vision around what we mean by inclusion and how to achieve this and a shared mission to prevent exclusion.
Starting in the autumn term, there will be a series of launch events and the offer of ongoing termly training to help to embed the strategy in all Luton schools and educational settings. We will be supporting schools to revise their behaviour policies in line with the principles in the Strategy and encouraging decision making panels related to behaviour, inclusion and wellbeing to use the guiding principles framework.
The aim is for there to be a reduction in school exclusions so that Luton is in line with and preferably below national levels of exclusion, and for there to be a reduction in absence from school due to mental health needs.
So watch out for further announcements about the events to promote Luton’s Behaviour, Inclusion and Wellbeing Strategy.