Staff Professional Development

Sleuth has an important role to play in supporting teachers to improve the quality of teaching and learning by developing their skills in behaviour management:

  • A Team Approach - All staff use Sleuth and contribute to behaviour management so it becomes consistent and collaborative
  • Staff Mentoring - Sleuth provides real data for policy development, INSET workshops and staff mentoring
  • Supporting Colleagues - Sleuth reveals where staff may need additional support for certain groups of students or individual students

Teachers leaving the profession cite poor behaviour as a major reason for their decision. Sleuth provides a means to involve all staff in a whole school approach to managing behaviour that promotes collaboration on dealing with behaviour, reducing staff isolation and providing opportunities to provide targetted support where it is most needed.

Staff who have reported incidents of behaviour can be profiled in a similar way to students. By analysing the data, Line Managers can identify where staff are having difficulties and can respond accordingly with additional and appropriate support.

Collective Responsibility
"Sleuth has allowed us to develop an approach based on collective responsibility. The onus is on classroom teachers to take responsibility for behaviour but at the same time teachers know they can expect support based on information that they themselves have gathered"
Deputy Headteacher - Wilts Secondary

Regular analysis of behaviour data by faculty heads may determine a specific response to meet the needs of a colleague, perhaps influencing the way the timetable is put together within specific faculty areas or the dynamic of certain teaching groups or even creating opportunities for lesson observations where good practice has been identified.

Where a member of staff is successful with a particular individual (or group) their experiences can be shared with colleagues using the case details in Sleuth as the basis for coaching. Used positively this engenders a team approach to managing behaviour that can be used informally in the staff room or more formally as part of an INSET where a profile of the types of behaviour faced by staff can form the focus for workshops during a training day on behaviour management.

Sharing Good Practice
"Where a member of staff is successful with a particular individual (or group) their experiences can be shared with colleagues using the case details in Sleuth as the basis for coaching"
Director of Inclusion - Essex Secondary

In some schools specific coaching groups have been set up with input from senior staff or authority advisors exploring ways to improve on existing class management skills using the behaviour data presented by Sleuth. In other schools there are excellent examples of how Sleuth data is used to inform line management meetings and resultant decision making.


Staff Professional Development - The Schools’ View

After the Bell by Felix

Below are a selection of comments from schools describing how Sleuth has supported staff development when dealing with behaviour issues. 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.

Praise from Ofsted for CPD

Staff Professional Development - We have also been praised in our use of data from Sleuth to address CPD by the Standards and Effectiveness Unit of the DCFS. We use Sleuth not only to look at how we can best support our students but also our staff. Where we identify staff who appear to have difficulty with certain aspects of behaviour management we look to put in place a clear mentoring programme. In most cases this will involve an AST, or a senior member of staff, coaching a teacher 1-to-1 to address new strategies, often supported by lesson observations.

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Making daily life easier and more productive

Sleuth has been the best piece of school based software I have ever used and is making a daily difference to the way our school deals with the issues of behaviour and discipline. School tutors have welcomed it with open arms because it makes their lives both easier and more productive. I am sure as the whole staff start to use it they will also appreciate what it can do and how it can help them.

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Supporting staff by monitoring call-out

Monitoring SMT Call-Out - We have used Sleuth to do an analysis of our call-out. These are situations where SMT are called out to remove students from lessons and support teaching staff in dealing with classroom incidents. We are tracking certain groups and individual students and this has led to input from the KS3 Behaviour Strategy Team in supporting particular members of staff. The analysis provided by Sleuth highlights those areas where we can provide support to staff. We have also been able to identify the specific behaviours that lead to students being removed from lessons and have developed strategies accordingly that staff can use to manage the situations themselves.

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Helping staff understand behaviour

The reports and analysis provided by Sleuth have allowed all our staff to develop a much wider understanding of the behaviour issues we need to address. We have a much better overview of behaviour on a number of levels: whole school, group (year/tutor group, subject area) and for the individual student.

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Timetable planning

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.

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Get Sleuthed!

Getting "Sleuthed" - Sleuth has been well received by our staff. The term "sleuthed" is now part of common parlance in our school! The software is invaluable in supporting the working of our Learning Support team in their day to day work addressing behaviour.

Clear system for all staff

Supporting Staff Development - Data in Sleuth has been used to inform our professional development and has influenced the content of our behaviour policy. We are able to make suggestions to staff as to what type of strategies can be used to deal with specific behaviours and identify whether behaviour (positive and negative) is being met with the appropriate response. From the analysis and reports in Sleuth we have produced a flow diagram which outline how certain types of behaviour should be dealt with. This has enabled us to develop a system that has clarity for all members of the school community.

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Support where it is needed

Targetted Support for Staff - The trends and patterns revealed by the analysis of behaviour data in sleuth has led to more targetted and sensitive support for staff. It has also made us consider how we allocate classrooms to specific teachers and how we deploy staff for breaktime duty.

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Collective staff responsibility for behaviour

A Team Approach to Behaviour Management - Sleuth has allowed us to develop an approach based on collective responsibility. The onus is on classroom teachers to take responsibility for behaviour but at the same time teachers know they can expect support based on information that they themselves have gathered.

Targetting appropriate support

Staff Development - The data in Sleuth helps us when we bring in support from the LEA to work with particular staff. Our mentoring and support of staff is now much better targetted as is our management of the way we group lessons, allocate staff and manage aspects of the timetable.

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Developing an open and honest dialogue about behaviour

Staff Development - Using Sleuth, staff are able to see that colleagues may also be struggling with certain individuals or groups. It has helped our staff to develop a more open and honest dialogue about behaviour. The transparent and practical uses for the data have addressed any concerns there might have been that this was a tool to identify any weakness. It is appreciated that Sleuth is about contributing to setting up a system to manage behaviour which allows everybody to fulfill their role to the best of their ability. The information generated by Sleuth has contributed significantly to how we mentor staff internally and how we access support from within the LEA.

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Informing staff training and development

Staff Development - Sleuth has also been used to structure staff training evenings. Staff were presented with information on 7 students whose names had been removed from the reports. In conjunction with the attendance data on these students staff were encouraged to come up with support strategies. The day was a real success and staff worked collaboratively to identify the underlying factors behind the behaviour of these students.

Informing INSET workshops

Staff Development - We have had a big drive this year looking at teaching and learning and find the profile of behaviour by activity in lessons very useful in informing our professional development. Recent in-service training looking at teaching and learning has been influenced by data from sleuth.

Deploying effective support

Staff Deployment - We are now able to deploy support much more effectively by using Sleuth to identify particular hotspots in terms of location, subject, weekdays and time of day for example. The reports from Sleuth inform how we deploy our supply staff. We can see which groups work best with supply staff and whether changing some groups might allow supply staff to be better accommodated. Our children need consistency and some don't cope well with changes to personnel. The detailed information from the reports can also be used with outside agencies who work with us to provide additional support for the children we work with.

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Informing professional development

Supporting Staff - Heads of Year (HoY) and Curriculum Area Managers (CAM) are expected to review Sleuth data on a regular basis specific to their particular area of management. They are encouraged to respond with strategies as they see appropriate. For example one CAM noticed a particularly high use of on-call by a colleague in their department. This resulted in a mentoring programme being put in place to support that member of staff and to address aspects of professional development.

More effective staff

A Collaborative Approach - All staff have access to Sleuth which allows them to be more effective in their given role.

Key to a strategic response to behaviour

We use information from Sleuth to inform all aspects of behaviour management at Ashbourne. Sleuth is a key part of our strategic response to behaviour. It has informed our Staff Development and the way we deploy staff support.

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A proactive approach to behaviour management

A Proactive Approach - Using Sleuth we can easily identify patterns in behaviour which enables us to target support for both staff and students and support our proactive approach to behaviour management.

Tailoring support for staff

Targetting Staff Support - The information is also used as a means of targeting staff support. We can tailor the way we offer mentoring and support offered to staff based on what Sleuth tells us.

Informing professional development

Supporting Staff - Analysing the recorded data has allowed us to look at how support for staff might best be offered and has informed our professional development work in relation to managing behaviour.

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Deploying staff

Staff Deployment - When we analysed our incident types by behaviour we noticed a high rate of Peer Aggression, particularly during lunchtime. As a result we reviewed our policies, looking particularly at how and where we deployed our lunchtime support staff.

A consistent systematic approach

Monitoring Sanctions for Consistency - Sleuth has enabled us to start monitoring the types of behaviours that lead to both red and yellow cards We can review the actions taken by staff as a consequence of behaviour and as a result make sure we are consistent across year groups and departments.

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Providing staff with information to perform their roles

Supporting Staff - Where Sleuth identifies a higher than average referral for member of staff or department:

  • Head of Department made aware of situation
  • Close monitoring through line management
  • Identify support strategies for staff (inc. Training and change of environment)
  • Assess timetabling and departmental allocation
  • Check understanding of language to describe behaviours and choice of sanctions related to those behaviours