Case Study: Sleuth - The Behaviour Tracking System
A paper based system had been used which had been designed with the intention of data gathering. The paper based form was in many ways consistent with data required by Sleuth. The process of data analysis was never developed, as the data on the forms was inaccessible. It would have required considerable time to collate the data into any meaningful format. To have any significant benefit this would have had to have been an on-going process. Access to the data would have been a near impossible manual task and it was not possible to manage the data that had been collated.
Sleuth was evaluated initially when a senior member of the pastoral team attended a product demonstration at the local Teacher Support Service Centre. Subsequently we looked at a demonstration CD. A Behaviour Consultant from The School Software Company (SSC) then visited the school to suggest implementation strategies. As a dedicated system, Sleuth seemed to fit our criteria exactly: to analyse behavioural data so that it would make a significant contribution to the way we managed behaviour. We worked closely with the company to identify the most effective models for implementing the system and to identify how the system can contribute to practical and policy responses to behaviour management.
Although our paper based recording form had been set up for data collation we made some amendments to the existing form. The current form is based on the original and an example supplied by the SSC. Sleuth was installed on 15 networked PCs. SSC installed the system and performed the initial data load. They worked closely with school IT technicians to give them a detailed overview of the system and the skills to operate as front line support.
Our Admin team, the Senior Management Team and key members of the pastoral team have full access to Sleuth. Read-only access is also available on a number of PCs for other members of staff to view and report on behaviour data. All incidents are currently recorded on paper and then entered into the system by the Admin team. The detailed analysis and evaluation of collated data significantly contributes to Behaviour Management. Sleuth has already begun to help us manage behaviour better.
Targetting Support - Sleuth has enabled us to monitor more closely by enabling us to look at issues such as ethnicity, time of day and type of behaviour and to target support appropriately.
A Whole School Approach - Significant changes have been made to our whole school policy and it is felt that it will contribute to further developments with our whole school approach.
Reducing Teacher Workload - The information in Sleuth has been valuable when working with students and parents. It has also contributed to our school policy of developing the role of Admin staff. As a Beacon school this is one area upon which we are focussing. We are listed on the DfES website as an exemplar in Admin Policy. The aim has been to lift the admin burden from teachers, and Sleuth has definitely helped.
Raising Achievement - Sleuth has also proved to be a valuable complement to our academic monitoring and a useful source of feedback for Governors Meetings.