John Tait, Deputy Head teacher at Acklam Grange School explains how Class Charts reduced fixed term exclusions.
“We’ve been using Class Charts for about eighteen months now. Class Charts is a fantastic, dynamic, digital seating plan software that we also use to record our effort and behaviour scores as well.
The staff here think it’s great as it helps them save time.
For us, the best part of Class Charts is the artificial intelligence. We can input behaviour scores which are reflected on the seating plan. Because it knows which students are sat next to each other, it can tell that Student A and Student B are 85% more likely to get a behaviour point when they’re sat together, whereas when they’re apart, they’re less likely.
It’s also a great time saving tool to be able to re-order your seating plans at a click of a button. You can distribute your gifted and talented students, cluster your pupil premium students or re-organise your seating plans in groups all based on behaviour scores.
Class Charts has helped us with analysing and recording so much more behaviour than we were before. We’re now recording, that not only did Student A receive a behaviour point in Science, but also where they were sat in the class, who they sat next to and what influence they were having over another pupil.
It’s hugely helped with behaviour across the school as well and it’s one thing we’ve really used for the last 18 months to focus our attention on making sure that the behaviour throughout the school is outstanding.
About eighteen months ago we were getting, on average, four exclusions a week. Now we’re down to two exclusions so far, this year….the whole year.
The analytics have really helped us and it’s so easy to do. With two or three clicks of a button, you can get right to the detail of what’s happening in your school. You can create progress reports and anyone can do that, whether it’s head of faculty or the head of year or it’s a senior leader or a classroom teacher depending on the permissions you give them. You can really get into the nitty gritty and for us, as school leaders, we want to make sure that we don’t just have the information but we do something with it. We’re really empowering teachers with the information that we’ve got in Class Charts."
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