Social and emotional skills are the skills of making positive relationships with other people, of understanding and managing ourselves and our own emotions, thoughts, and behaviours, and understanding and responding to the emotions and behaviour of others, in ways that are in the best long-term interest of ourselves and others.
A lack of, or under-development, of these skills is reflected in an individual's behaviour and their behaviour towards others. Developing these skills in an individual is acknowledged as an effective way of improving their behaviour.
Sleuth is the ideal tool to support your Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) programme, allowing you to record detailed observations of social and emotional behaviour. By analysing these detailed observations you can identify the underlying causes and triggers for behaviour. With a better understanding of behaviour, appropriate improvement strategies can be developed to manage behaviour and design specific programmes to develop social skills and pro-social behaviours.
On an individual student level, the behaviour graphs and reports in Sleuth can be routinely discussed with students to review their social and emotional skills and to develop strategies to help them manage their own behaviour.
A significant outcome of using Sleuth is that your behaviour management is more consistent. A consistent response to behaviour has a major part to play in creating an environment where social and emotional skills can flourish. Your approaches to behaviour management should encourage social and emotional learning. Sleuth will help you ensure your behaviour management approaches are consistent with SEAL.
Staff who benefit from using Sleuth to manage the SEAL programme:
- Senior Leadership Team - the success of the SEAL programme can be monitored at whole school, key-stage or year group level. Sleuth will identify where the SEAL provision may need additional resources, e.g. staff training, anger management programme or agency support. Sleuth also provides evidence of how the school is addressing the social/emotional aspects of behaviour to improve learning, evidence that can also be used to support self-evaluation.
- Form Tutor - a tutor can quickly review all social/emotional behaviours for tutees in their care for discussion in registration time and to identify strategies to overcome potential barriers to learning
- Staff CPD Manager - Sleuth reveals where staff may need additional support for managing the behaviour of certain groups or individual students. Particular problem behaviours can be identified so that mentoring/training programmes can be put in place specifically to develop staff skills in these areas. For more information see Staff Development
- Bullying Officer - Sleuth allows you to analyse different types of bullying (e.g. racism, isolating, taunting) as well as profiling perpetrators, victims and witnesses. This level of detail offers a broad evidence base from which schools can develop strategies to support an anti-bullying agenda, e.g. peer mentoring schemes, programmes to develop conflict resolution skills
- SENCO - using Sleuth a SENCO can very effectively manage their caseload. A student's behaviour profile is available to develop personalised intervention strategies. Once in place a SENCO can monitor progress and adapt strategies accordingly
Features for managing SEAL in Sleuth:
- Detailed Analysis - Sleuth can be used to profile and track (in detail) the behaviour of individuals and groups, identifying the triggers for behaviour so that you can understand the root causes to develop effective evidence-based strategies to overcome barriers to learning. Triggers that can be identified in Sleuth can include particular times of day, location, learning styles, interaction (e.g. group based work) and seating plan as well as the presence of particular staff or students. For more information on the level of detail you can track and record, see Key Features of Sleuth
- Customised Reports for Monitoring Progress - A vital part of any improvement strategy is monitoring its impact. Any social or emotional behaviours can be tracked in Sleuth so you can see the impact of improvement strategies on a specific behaviour (e.g. isolating others) or a group of behaviours (e.g. Social behaviours) and monitor your progress in addressing aspects of the SEAL programme
- Up-to-date & Detailed Recording - For individual students staff can use Sleuth to profile behaviour and develop IEPs or a personalised curriculum. For class or tutor groups, staff can review social or emotional behaviours that have been an issue for individuals in the group and focus tutor time, or a PSHE lesson, on workshops for developing skills so students can manage these behaviours
- Online & Available to All Staff - Sleuth is part of a whole school approach to behaviour management. All staff can have access to Sleuth to stay on top of behaviour issues - for their own caseload and responsiblities but also whole school issues and trends. Staff can see evidence of successful strategies and discuss them with colleagues
- Parent Friendly Reports - 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.