Behaviour Partnership

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

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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.

To make a tier 3 referral to Chessbrook, please click on the link to the Chessbrook referral form. 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 that will be  discussed by 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

If you wish to make a service request for tier, please send an request email to We will log your enquiry and a referral form will be sent with the reply.

Please send the completed referral form, including the parents approval signature and evidence paperwork either password protected OR via Schools FX to

Tier 4 Panel Dates 2021/2022

Referral deadline Panel Date
17.09.2021 07.10.2021
19.11.2021 02.12.2021
14.01.2022 27.01.2022
04.03.2022 17.03.2022
06.05.2022 19.05.2022
17.06.2022 30.06.2022

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.

The Acorn Centre offers a consultation line for schools & professionals should they need advice surrounding family or behavioural 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 May 2022

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