An important part of improving a school behaviour policy is data analysis. Data from the current and previous years needs to be compared in order to highlight any behavioural patterns, improvements and areas of concern.
The data to be used in the yearly analysis will usually be taken from three common sources. Referral forms, incident slips and Classroom Management System . Referral forms and slips should be produced by staff when infractions of the behaviour policy occur. These are then accumulated and the information taken from then. A CMS such as ClassCharts (www.ClassCharts.com) can extract data related to pupil behaviour as well as produce printed reports saving time and resources. This collaborates all data into one system and is easily shared amongst multiple staff around the school.
Before making judgements on behaviour data of pupils, it’s important to firstly recognise any inconsistencies with the data. Staff should have followed the school behaviour policy by applying the adequate response to each level of behaviour. For example, certain staff members may be punishing pupils too harshly for a low level infraction whereas others may be giving light punishments for more severe problems. If this is found to be the case, each of these staff members should be notified that they are not following the relevant procedures and then given further training until all staff have a clear understanding of the policy.
Another issue is that staff who are restricted to only using referral forms may be reluctant to fill out the forms unless the behaviour problem is a higher level issue. Staff members who haven’t been producing the correct forms should be informed that it is a requirement for behaviour data to be recorded. Class Management Systems are useful here as they allow staff to quickly enter behaviour updates quickly and paper-free.
Lack of data from referral and incident slips will require a restructure of each document. Forms and slips need to allow the staff member to write the important and relevant data without spending too much time filling out each one as this will discourage staff from completing them. Usual improvements involve replacing text input lines with checkboxes with a series of options. For example, common behaviour issues could be listed on the form, the teacher then has to only tick the relevant checkbox. The main aim is to produce a form which takes little time to complete but also provide useful and accurate information.
Upon collecting a useful database of student behavioural data, it can then be analysed fairly and conclusions can be reached. Each conclusion and the relevant data will then be created into a report to be presented to the head-teacher who can then proceed to develop improvements to the school’s behaviour policy. The main aim of the review is to produce a new school behaviour plan which discourages pupils from showing poor behaviour as well as promoting good behaviour by rewarding pupils in a way that staff members can easily report and receive the relevant data.
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