Personal development, behaviour and welfare
The Education Adviser for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare in Bedford Borough works with our schools, striving to improve behaviour and attendance in order to positively affect learning and teaching, in line with current Government guidelines.
This strategic support and challenge focuses on a whole school approach to improving behaviour and attendance and includes ensuring that:
- all our schools have up-to-date behaviour, attendance and anti-bullying policies
- the school environment actively promotes learning
- every teacher is good at managing and improving children's behaviour
Specific support is offered around the following aspects:
We work closely with colleagues in the Educational Welfare Service to improve overall attendance rates and reduce persistent absence within all our Primary and Secondary schools.
These guidance documents are available to download:
- Improving attendance at school - Charlie Taylor April 2012 (PDF)
- Reducing Persistent Absence Framework (PDF)
- Persistent Absence Read Amber green (RAG) Review document (PDF)
Mental health, wellbeing and resilience in school
In conjunction with Early Help, Public Health, East London Foundation Trust and Schools we have created a Toolkit to support schools with developing a Whole School Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing.
We also run half-termly Professional Study Groups for school leads to allow them to share best practice around this important aspect of school support.
Social and emotional aspects of learning
Working with our schools to promote social emotional awareness through the implementation of the Primary and Secondary (SEAL) programmes.
The Borough have produced two transition documents which utilise SEAL based activities:
Behaviour and attendance partnership work
Encouraging schools to work collaboratively to improve behaviour and attendance by sharing good practice and developing effective transition work.
- Guidance on school behaviour and attendance partnerships - March 2010 (PDF)
- Behaviour and the role of Home-School Agreements - Sir Alan Stear 2010 (PDF)
Continuing professional development
We recognise the importance of having a highly skilled and well-trained workforce and consequently, provide a range of CPD opportunities specifically aimed at improving behaviour and attendance e.g. The Programme for Specialist Leaders in Behaviour and Attendance (PSLBA). Contact Ian Lindsay regarding details for this course.
- PSLBA 2018 – 2019 (Word)
Current Department of Education publications:
- Behaviour and Discipline in schools - a guide for head teachers and school staff - March 2012 (PDF)
- Getting the simple things right: Charlote Taylor's behaviour checklists - 2011 (PDF)
For further details on any of the services we offer, please feel free to contact us:
Ian Lindsay, Education Adviser
Tel: 01234 276680