Tracking each pupil’s behaviour has become an important factor regarding a school’s behaviour policy. There are several methods of doing so and each school will have their own method of keeping track of this data. Popular methods include generating incident slips, produce referral forms or having each staff member having their own account of behaviour issues. However, modern methods have begun to replace these methods with CMS’s (Classroom Management Systems).
A CMS allows staff members to input behaviour issues into an electronic system – on their desktop, tablet or mobile, quickly and easily. Points systems are usually used in a CMS – positive behaviour results in positive points being awarded to a pupil whereas negative behaviour will deduct points from a pupil. This can be used to evaluate which pupils are causing issues in class and which deserve to be rewarded for making good progress.
Another useful feature of a Classroom Management System is that staff can write a note with each behaviour point awarded, detailing the behaviour issue in as many words as required. Staff are able to clearly explain the issue without being restricted as they would using slips or forms as well as logging the solution used to overcome the problem. From this data, the Head of Department can assess whether the staff member has allocated the correct praise or punishment depending on the pupils behaviour level and then compare that to the school behaviour policy.
If a staff member has not been following the school behaviour procedures correctly, they will then need to be retrained until they are entirely sure of making the correct decisions in these situations.
Parent involvement is always an important factor to improving a pupils behaviour. Parents are usually alerted to their child’s poor behaviour by the school, however this is only cases involving extreme or consistent poor levels of behaviour. Using a Classroom Management System, codes can be generated for parents of each child, these allow the parents to view their child’s behaviour online, daily and in real-time.
As all CMS activity is logged and dated, behaviour changes after applying the school’s behaviour policy depending on the policy infraction by the pupil, is easily viewed. Reports can also be generated automatically involving graphs, pie charts and attendance records to easily and quickly show data as well as produce quickly printed documents. The Head of Department would usually set a barrier or limit to the range of negative behaviour points applied before staff involvement may result in provisions (or interventions) being required.
If behaviour issues stem from certain sections of the class, a good CMS will include classroom management and allow the user to create a seating plan of the classroom and add their pupils to their desks. From here, the system offers the option to randomly shuffle the seating plan or apply filters to that shuffle such as gender separation, SEN requirements and overall scores.