Behaviour Manager

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:-
  • Section 550A of the Education Act 1996
  • The use of force to control or restrain pupils: Guidance for
  • schools in England (DCSF April 2010)
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Disability Rights Act 2001
  • The Children Act 2004
  • DfCSF 2008 guidance of exclusion from schools and PRUs
  • The use of force to control or restrain pupils: Guidance for schools in England, DCSF April 2010
  • Guidance on the Use of Restrictive physical interventions for Staff Working with Children and Adults who Display Extreme Behaviour in Association with Learning Disability and / or Autistic Spectrum Disorders’ (2002)
  • Every Child Matters 2004
  • Children Act 2004
  • Control or Restraint of Pupils 2007
  • Children & Young People’s Act 2008
    Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with
  • Children and young People in Education Settings 2009

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.

 

Safeguarding Children

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:-

  • Consistency and transparency in recording and reporting of incidents (behaviour, use of RIP, safeguarding)
  • That procedures are followed through efficiently and effectively by those responsible
  • That there is a secure evidence trail for all decisions taken
  • That records are secure, and there is no possibility of changing them, unless with senior management consent, and a record of the change being kept
  • That information is shared appropriately (internally, or with multi-agencies, including the Local Authority)
  • That communication with parents and children and young people is effective and that they are appropriately involved
  • That the effectiveness and impact of the protocols and procedures can be regularly monitored and reported to accountable bodies
 

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:-

  • All recording and reporting is in one place, and is secure
  • Monitoring reports are readily available
  • Stakeholders can access the information at appropriate levels, according to their involvement
  • Communication with appropriate stakeholders (parents, multi-agencies, Ofsted) is followed through and not over-looked