Case Study: Sleuth - The Behaviour Tracking System
We already had a system for recording incidents but it was fairly primitive - incidents were recorded on paper and then had to be filed in individual student files. This process was managed by the Heads of Year and was both laborious and time consuming. We had data available in our whole school management information system but there was no way of easily interrogating the data other than on a very simple level. We could produce lists but not the detailed analysis we wanted.
When we introduced Sleuth in September 2004 we also introduced a new role within the Student Support Network; two Behaviour Support Workers (BSWs) were employed to provide additional support for managing behaviour in school. One of the responsibilities of the role was to provide administrative support with a specific focus on behaviour. The reality is they do far more than this, but it did allow us to address the workload issue faced by Heads of Year.
The BSWs are responsible for managing and maintaining the Sleuth database. They are also responsible for investigating and analysing data in Sleuth and providing reports and analysis for key members of staff. These reports are given to the Senior Teacher with overall responsibility for behaviour, members of the SLT, Key Stage Managers and Faculty Heads. The BSWs have found the system intuitive, easy to use and they didn't require any formal training before using it.
Saving Time - Sleuth has enabled us to address the task of recording behaviour but also gives us far more benefits. Sleuth allows us to easily and quickly analyse our recorded data. This would have taken ages without Sleuth and would have been very labour intensive.
A Proactive Approach - The analysis in Sleuth helps us to pinpoint problems and then enables us to act. It is a great trouble-shooting tool which helps us to plan to manage behaviour. We know who our problem kids are, as all schools do. We now have a means to get a specific idea of what the problems are and where they are most likely to occur and when they are most likely to occur.
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.
Targetting Support - Over the last year, since introducing Sleuth, we have quickly learnt that when we analyse the data we get information that gives us a very sharp focus to our intervention work.
Monitoring Policy - On a Senior Leadership level Sleuth has been useful to test our system and determine the consistency of our policy and how it is applied.
Supporting Students with SEN - The data in Sleuth has been very useful for SEN reviews and for developing and reviewing PSPs.