Monitoring Intervention Strategies
When implementing strategies to improve behaviour the effective use of behaviour data will substantially increase the likelihood of success.
The process of recording behaviour encourages staff to be objective about their observations, noting what has taken place to an agreed framework. If the records are sufficiently detailed, basic analysis will then enable you to confirm the exact problem, identify more targeted interventions and then monitor the success of these interventions.
Sleuth provides an electronic means to record your behaviour observations in detail with powerful analysis and reporting so that you can spot issues, identify appropriate interventions and then track to make sure your interventions work:
- Records - Sleuth records detailed objective observations of behaviour which are used to identify clearly what the issues are
- Analyses - Once you have identified the issue you can use Sleuth to analyse in detail the exact nature of it in order to be able to determine an appropriate intervention
- Tracks - Sleuth then tracks the progress of the intervention by monitoring the behaviour of the students involved to provide evidence that your intervention works
Sleuth can be used to assess the impact of any intervention strategy whether it's a whole school strategy, like a timetable change for example, or a strategy to correct the behaviour of an individual student. Sleuth shows which strategies arrest poor behaviour and those that have actually improved it, complete with documented evidence of good practice.
Some examples of interventions to improve behaviour that Sleuth has been used to track are:
- Meet & Greet Policy - Sleuth will identify when students are late for lessons or arrive lacking equipment or uniform. It will also identify in which part of a lesson poor behaviour most often occurs. When this is at the beginning of a lesson a Meet & Greet strategy may be successful in engaging students from the very start. By using Sleuth the success of this intervention can be tracked in detail, e.g. by year group, behaviour or periods, so for example some year groups may respond better than others so the strategy could be adapted accordingly
- Social/Emotional Development - Where a student is frequently exhibiting social/emotional behaviours Sleuth will identify the context of these incidents revealing the particular subject areas, periods or learning styles, for example, that may impact on their behaviour. Appropriate interventions such as referrals to SEAL Coordinators, interviews with parents or one-to-one mentoring can then be instigated. Subsequent tracking of the individual's behaviour in Sleuth, specifically social/emotional behaviours, will show just how effective the strategies are.
- Increase Staff Visibility at Key Times - Use Sleuth to identify which day and times of day are the most common for poor behaviour - additional analysis can pinpoint the locations in school, the types of behaviour, year group, gender and even the names of students. Staff can then be rostered to patrol these hotspots. Sleuth reports will show whether this strategy has impacted on the number of incidents for each day/time or location. Sleuth will also show if the problem has just moved elsewhere so you can adjust the roster accordingly
- Policy on Uniform - Sleuth will identify all students who have been reported for their appearance and can generate a letter home reminding their parent/carers of the school policy. Note that this saves you sending out a school wide letter if only a minority of students are involved. Monitoring these students in Sleuth after sending the letter will reveal whether notifying parents has had the desired impact. If a significant number of students are in the same year group a year group assembly may help or registration time used by tutors to remove items like jewellery or make-up
- Safer School Partnerships - A police presence in schools is intended to act as a deterent to poor behaviour. Monitoring in Sleuth will let you determine whether this practise actually works in your school and which behaviours have reduced as a result (e.g. incidents involving bullying). Sleuth will identify the behaviour hotspots in school so that you can make best use of a police officer on site - in terms of where and when to patrol
Monitoring intervention strategies is just one application of Sleuth, it is also used to: