Sleuth Reduces Teacher Workload
A behaviour tracking system will be used daily by some (e.g. to enter and run daily reports), weekly by others (e.g. to report progress) and even less frequently by a few (e.g. supply, advisory/agency staff). The goal for Sleuth was to make it straightforward for all those user groups to get the information they need to perform their role quickly. Thousands of teaching staff now use Sleuth and a significant majority were able to do so without formal training.
Our own training provision focusses on your policy and what to record and report, rather than just concentrate on how to record and report. This is done with a view to streamlining the whole process of behaviour tracking to minimise the administrative aspects of recording but maximise the chances of staff being able to make improvements in behaviour management.
Sleuth can be used in the classroom on a teacher's laptop or via an interactive whiteboard. Entering an incident can be entirely via the click-pad that can be activated via a mouse or Touchscreen. Many input values can be defaulted based on the staff profile, school defaults and date and time information. Incidents can be entered in seconds, much quicker than any handwritten form.
Reduces Teacher Workload - The Schools' View
After the Bell by Felix
Below are a selection of comments from schools describing how Sleuth reduces teacher workload. Click on the link to read their comments. To read the full case study for the school click 'Read full Case Study' at the end of the text.
The Schools View
The change was fairly simple, all we did was to take the existing paper based system which had been developed over a number of years and transfer the criteria for the information being recorded to the Sleuth program. Staff have welcomed it with open arms. It has removed the need for laborious hand written incident report forms; they can access the information about their students with ease and the original set-up was established to make it as user-friendly as possible.
Initially there was scepticism and a reluctance to change from the old systems; a certain amount of this was down to anxieties about routinely using ICT and moving away from a paper based system. However, it didn’t take long for Sleuth’s functionality to win people’s commitment.
Getting Good News to Parents"Heads of House also log positive behaviour in Sleuth and we find that the automated letter generating feature very helpful in getting the good news home to parents.
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.