Getting Good News Home
An action (sanction or reward) in Sleuth can be setup to automatically trigger an alert to be sent to parents/carers. Many schools use this feature to let parents know their child has received a merit. The alert takes the form of an email that can also be received via a mobile device. This is a very effective, immediate and cost-free method for getting good news home. Each sanction/reward can have a different alert template personalised to the student and using any of the recorded incident details. The alert can go to each parent/carer set-up to receive communication from school via email.
A parent alert can also be sent to notify a parent to login to Sleuth and review a report (see example SharedReports below) about their child's behaviour. The parent simply clicks a link in the email to go directly to the login page of Sleuth from where they can display any reports that the school have setup for them.
Alerts can be used an an alternative to, or as well as, the existing automatic document feature (e.g. letters or certificates home) which generates a hard-copy document based on a custom school template. Documents can be printed individually or centrally and either handed to students to take home or posted.
Sleuth for Parents & Carers
Using Sleuth to track behaviour provides information that staff can use to inform and engage parents and carers in the behaviour of their child. Detailed reports are presented in such as way as to encourage dialogue about specific issues that school staff and parents can use to improve behaviour.
Parents respond well to the visual reports that provide hard evidence, removing any personalisation of behaviour. With the focus on behaviour rather than the student, discussion is based on the facts presented and can be constructive with staff and parents collaborating in seeking ways to improve the behaviour.
Online Access to Behaviour Data for Parents - As well as using Sleuth reports with parents in a face-to-face interview, parents can also have their own login for Sleuth. This allows them to run Sleuth reports from home to keep them informed or for discussion with their child. The school control the data and the presentation of the data by setting-up particular SharedReports for a parent. The progress of a particular strategies or behaviour contract that is developed for the student can then be monitored by parents in real-time so that support from parents can continue outside of face-to-face meetings.
Some reports that could be shared with a Parent/Carer appear below. These can be run from a parent’s Home Page in a single step (e.g. a click of the mouse) after logging in.
Example SharedReports for Parents