Case Study: Sleuth - The Behaviour Tracking System
We have long understood the need to monitor behaviour in order to better manage it. We were logging incidents where members of senior staff were called upon to remove a student from a lesson but any analysis of the information logged was time-consuming. Information for other incidents, although generally logged, was not collated and the process for gathering information was limited and inconsistent. We wanted a tool which would allow us to process the information we already collected and enable us to begin to include other information in this process as well. We were aware that other schools in the authority had already begun to use Sleuth with success so arranged to talk to them and see how they used it. We were pleased with what we saw and introduced Sleuth as a 3-user system in Summer Term 2004.
Data about all incidents is now entered into Sleuth by a member of the admin team. We use Sleuth to generate a range of reports to keep all levels of management informed about behaviour within the school. Weekly reports are distributed to the Senior Leadership Team, Heads of Department and Heads of Year. These reports include breakdowns by subject, gender, tutor group, behaviour and period of the day. Heads of Year and Department don't get the whole school picture but one specific to their area of management.
Targetting Support for Staff - The SLT are better able to pinpoint support for colleagues. Sleuth has enabled us to look at ways to manage the timetable in relation to behaviour now that we have the means to identify hotspots by time of the day and by day of the week and also by location. Each department generates weekly reports from Sleuth with lists of information specific to their subject area. The result has been much closer support of colleagues and systems to manage behaviour within the departments.
Targetting Support for Students - All Heads of Year get an general overview of behaviour for their year group on a weekly basis. They can then generate more detailed reports for specific interventions on an individual student level. We use sleuth behaviour reports at parents' meetings which allows interviews to be much more structured rather than anecdotal. Information from Sleuth was recently used at a Year 7 target setting meeting. Tutors were able to give parents a clear academic and pastoral overview and set appropriate and specific targets. We have an Inclusion Group which deal with referrals to the LSU. The information from Sleuth is used at these case conferences to determine the suitability of students for referral.
A Whole School Proactive Approach - Sleuth has enabled a much more proactive response to behaviour throughout the school community from SLT to department heads and teaching staff.