Behaviour Partnership

Welcome to The Acorn Centre and DSPL9 Primary Behaviour Partnership Page.

Launched January 2021, the Acorn Centre now has its own website with information about the team, the Tier 4/5 process, an online referral form, family support and useful links for parents and professionals. For more information, please visit:

The DSPL9 Behaviour Partnership, Tiered Model for Primary Schools

Tier 1:

Each school to ensure clear, consistent behaviour policy, induction for new staff, identification of training needs etc.

Tier 2:

Each area: Watford, Bushey and Radlett, Croxley Green & Rickmansworth and South Oxhey has a ‘Hub’ school. This is a small team of teaching and support staff who have a range of resources to provide lower level generic behaviour support i.e. classroom environment, lunchtimes, positive language, peer to peer support, this will include a visit to hub school

Tier 2 Service Requests should be sent for the attention of Jenny Morley to

(Referral form in sidebar)

Tier 3:

Chessbrook offers a range of outreach interventions to primary schools for children with significant needs, whose behaviour is still impacting on themselves and/or others after the implementation of strategies from DSPL9 tiers 1 and 2.

A link to the referral form for Chessbrook can be found on the side bar and should be returned to Response to referrals will be as soon as space becomes available after the date received.

Where appropriate family support can be requested from The Triage Service

Tier 4: Outreach support provided by the Acorn Centre

Children at risk of permanent exclusion

The Acorn Centre may offer an alternative environment for Primary aged children for up to 3 terms, Outreach Services may be offered in the school setting prior to this. Your Service Request will need to meet clear criteria; schools will share referral and evidence at an inclusion panel. This would be expected to include evidence of strategies used by school and impact, incidents, advice/support from other agencies – this may not always be Chessbrook – could be involvement by an EP, communication team, CAMHS or other appropriate service/agency

Tier 4 Panel Dates 2020/2021

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Tier 5: Day 6 provision provided by the Acorn Centre

Children who have been permanently excluded – to ensure that children receive their statutory entitlement to full time provision from Day 6.

PLEASE NOTE: Admission of children from Tier 5 will always be prioritised but permanent exclusion will not always mean The Acorn Centre provision is appropriate for individual children.

Acorn Support & Procedures

The Tier 4 and Tier 5 flowcharts give insight into the referral process and onward journey of the child should their referral application be accepted with the Acorn Centre or Outreach Support.

As of Monday 22nd June, the Acorn Centre will be offering a consultation line for schools & professionals should they need advice surrounding family or behavioral queries.

Family Support

Monday 9.30am – 11.30am
Tracy-Anne Gill: 07375 443988

If your call relates to any of the below, our Family Support Practitioners will be available for calls once a week.

  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • housing
  • debt management/ benefits
  • Anger and behaviour
  • routines
  • choices and consequences
  • emotional well being
  • mental health

Behavioural Support

Tuesday 12.00pm – 2pm
Lisa: 07375 443987

Thursday 12.30pm – 4pm
Nikki: 07946 266107

If your call relates to any of the below, our Provision Leads with be available for calls twice weekly.

  • Risk Management Plans
  • Return to School worries
  • Anxieties
  • Therapeutic Support
  • General advice & strategies


Contact Us

The Acorn Centre, 29 Lincolnsfield, Bushey Hall Drive, Bushey, Herts, WD23 2ES

Provision Lead: Nikki Lucas
M: 07946 266107

Contact: Kat Read – Acorn Administrator
T: 01923 800222

Current as of January 2021

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