Managing Detentions

Using Sleuth to manage detentions reveals a lot about how your policy is working and whether detentions are an effective sanction for some pupils. Sleuth makes it straightforward to monitor whether behaviour for individuals (and groups) improves as a result of giving detentions.

Detentions are easily managed in Sleuth. All members of staff can create a MySearch or MyReport so that all detention information relevant to them is available with a single mouse-click.

Staff who benefit from managing detentions in Sleuth:

  • Administration Team - an administrator can produce letters home for all detentions in a single-step
  • Detention Supervisor - can print a detention register for attendance
  • Form Tutor - review all tutees who have received a detention today to follow up in registration time and also those taking a detention to remind them to attend
  • Heads of Faculty - review all incidents leading to staff issuing detentions to support staff action and ensure policy is being applied consistently
  • Heads of Year - identify individuals for whom a detention is not an effective sanction and plan an alternative behaviour improvement strategy

Features for managing detentions in Sleuth:

  • Letters Home - A letter home to parents can be automatically generated for an after school detention - the letter can be printed immediately or all detention letters for the day/week can be printed in batch
  • Detention Register - A register of students attending can quickly be produced for any given breaktime, lunchtime or after school detention showing the student's name, date detention given, who gave the detention, subject area and reasons for detention
  • Staff Notification - When students are given a detention (by any staff member) their mentor/form tutor can be notified so they can follow-up in tutor time
  • Calendar to Check Detention Date - The Action Calendar feature ensures that schools do not "double-book" a student for two detentions on the same day.
  • Manage Non-Attendance - Students who do not attend detentions can be investigated and assigned additional sanctions

A detention in Sleuth is set-up as a negative action or sanction. A negative action is assigned as a result of negative behaviour. Your behaviour policy will determine the level of behaviour that leads to a particular detention. It is also possible in Sleuth to track and manage different types of detention (e.g. after-school, breaktime, lunchtime, half-hour, one-hour).


Managing Detentions
"Our whole after-school detention system has been changed partly because it is so easy with Sleuth to see what detentions are set, how many, by whom, for what behaviours. Our SMB decided that we would no longer punish non-completion of homework by issuing an after school detention"
B4L Assistant - South Glocs Secondary
Monitoring Policy
"During the first half of the winter term the data in Sleuth suggested that year 7 students were getting more detentions for failing to do homework than any other year group in the school. When this data was challenged it became clear that Year 7 were no worse than other year groups but that staff were keen to impress on the new intake the importance of homework"
Head of Behaviour Support - Dorset Secondary
Monitoring SLT Call-outs
"Where a student has two call outs recorded they are given a Senior Leadership Detention. Line Managers will monitor the use of call-outs and where they see a pattern emerging make changes to teaching and learning groups. It also enables us to ensure that we are working consistently across the school"
Director of Inclusion - Essex Secondary