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The potential impact of school exclusion on those who experience it is a perennial concern for everyone who works in education – and this emotive issue hit the headlines again recently, when children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield announced an investigation into a possible link between exclusions and gang violence.
Whatever the result of her research, it’s clear that being unable to access mainstream schooling can leave young people vulnerable to a whole range of negative influences, including possible grooming for criminal activity; and it’s certainly true that the statistics around outcomes for excluded children are disturbingly bleak.
No teacher excludes a student lightly, nor without having considered what doing so might mean for that young person’s future – but at the same time, schools have a responsibility to ensure that they are a safe space for all the children in their care, and that they are offering an environment in which everyone can learn, progress and thrive.
Persistent disruptive or violent behaviour from one pupil in a classroom can prevent this from being the case – and sometimes, unfortunately, the only reasonable option that remains is to remove that pupil from the classroom, either temporarily or permanently.
But what if there were another way? What if the problem could be effectively tackled long before getting to the point where it seems like there is no choice other than exclusion? Could edtech have the answer?
Acklam Grange school, in Middlesbrough, used to serve up to four fixed term exclusions a week to students; now, it’s more like two per year – and according to the SLT, this is at least partly down to the introduction of Class Charts; smart technology that uses data and AI to generate instant seating plans that are optimised for learning and behaviour.
Brilliantly proactive, the software’s sophisticated analytics enable potential danger points to be identified before any real trouble starts – picking out patterns in the way pupils influence each other and, crucially, doing so in real-time.
Easy for teachers to use, and packed with powerful reporting and management features, Class Charts does what the best edtech should, simultaneously reducing teacher workload and improving students’ educational experience.
Achievements and behaviours can be customised to match a school’s existing policies, and logged and rewarded with a couple of clicks in the classroom.
Clear, meaningful reports for SLT, pastoral teams, form tutors, heads of year and subject leads can be generated on demand, ensuring that trends and specific needs are spotted at the earliest possible opportunity, and interventions put in place where needed.
And engaging, intuitive parent and pupil apps allow key information to be shared between home and school – motivating children to reflect on their own behaviour and progress, and encouraging families to join the conversation, too.
Getting behaviour management right is essential for pupil progress – and Class Chart can make a real and demonstrable difference, streamlining the associated workflow for teachers, creating a consistently calm and inspiring classroom environment, and giving young people a chance to make changes for themselves long before they find themselves backed into a corner, facing the challenges, uncertainty and dangers of life following exclusion.
Interested? Find out more and book a demo for a 30-day free trial: classcharts.com/demo.
Next time, we’ll be looking at the full range of functionalities offered by Class Chart – from dynamic WAR (Work Action Results) boards with an integrated RAG rating system, to homework setting and analysis, detention management, a fully customised rewards system, and more…