For long-term success, let everyone see the evidence

Share data so everyone can see if strategies are working, says Jarlath O’Brien

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We all think we know how good or bad behaviour is in our schools. You only have to walk round during lessons, at changeovers and at breaks and lunchtimes to see with your own eyes. 

But do we know if behaviour is improving over time across the whole school or not? Can we really tell if our latest strategy is working longer-term? 

Our memories are fallible and prone to bias. We may want to pounce on the merest hint that things are disastrous and exclaim that they have never been worse – or be desperate to find a scrap of evidence to show that things are improving.  

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