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The case for Schools and Local Authorities to use a behaviour management solution is often over looked. Why would you ignore a solution that can reduce manual overheads and enable fast and effective reporting to support school improvements?
Behaviour Manager enables schools to carry out statutory and best practice duties and responsibilities with regard to promoting good behaviour and safeguarding children and young people in a way that demonstrates accountability, and a continual drive to support and protect vulnerable young people at risk of harm.
Over the past 10 years, a number of key requirements on schools and educational settings have been enacted through legislation...
Promoting Positive Behaviour
Periodically the government has enacted legislation and issued guidance to schools in the management of behaviour. A key piece of legislation was the Education and Inspections Act 2006, with accompanying guidance to schools in April 2007 re developing school behaviour policies.
Amongst the duties placed upon schools, is the recording and reporting of the use of sanctions, and the role of the governing body in monitoring the effectiveness of the school's behaviour policy.
A number of other key government guidance materials and reports have been issued subsequently, including legislation and guidance on the use of exclusions.
Consequently, schools require very secure systems to provide the logging off behaviour related incidents, and the evidence of what they have done to support the student before temporary or permanent exclusion takes place.
Use of Physical Restrictive Intervention (Restraint)Schools, educational settings and children’s secure homes are permitted to use restraint under certain circumstances to protect the young person, other young people, or adults working with them. Schools are required to have policies setting out how and when RPI will be used, and how the events will be recorded and the young person supported after the event. See reference to the following:-
The benefits of Behaviour Manager is that the school can run reports to review own practice, and to report to Governing Bodies, and to the Local Authority (a requirement in the legislation). Local Authorities are required to monitor the use of RPI in schools and educational settings.
Since the Climbie report, a raft of safeguarding legislation and regulations has been enacted, putting responsibility upon schools and Local Authorities to protect the child or young person, and to ensure that recording, reporting and information sharing practices are efficient and secure.
Schools, educational settings and Local Authorities, and Ofsted are all involved in safeguarding children and young people, and there are strictly laid down guidelines on recording, reporting, monitoring and sharing information with regard to child protection issues. Accountability by the school, the Governing Body, and the LA for ensuring that any CP issue raised by a child is followed through is utmost.
A software package that simplifies and automates all aspects of Safeguarding is unavoidable.
The school standards context
School standards are monitored by Ofsted, through the statutory school inspection Framework. The Ofsted Framework 2009 places a high premium on safeguarding, and if a school’s safeguarding procedures are found to be inadequate the school automatically fails its inspection. There are indicators and criteria for judging the standard of safeguarding in a school. A key feature of an effective school is its ability to self-monitor and evaluate its own activities, including safeguarding, so that it can regularly review and improve procedures and protocols.
Implications for schools and educational settings
To comply with the raft of statutory requirements placed upon a school relating to management of behaviour and safeguarding of children and young people, schools need to ensure:-
The benefits of Behaviour Manager software
By using a software package, rather than a paper-based reporting system, schools and educational settings can ensure that:-