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How bad is a behaviour report(17 Posts)
How bad is a behaviour report for a child. I suspect it may be quite embarrassing to be put on one and it’s been explained to me but I’m curious how others view them.
The kids generally dont find them embarrassing some of them see them as a badge if honour.
It's pretty bad. At the (not unchallenging) school I taught in, there would be about 10 out of a year group of 180 on report.
Also it depends on the school. 10 our of 180 kids on report must mean they keep them for fairly serious issues whereas other schools just dole them out for the slightest infraction.
I am never surprised at the kids on monitor. They are usually on it for low level disruption.
What does the report say?
It should have targets
At this point of the year I'd say it's pretty bad tbh. We give out reports to more kids than a lot of other local schools, but we've only got 6 in the entire school currently on report, because they've hardly had any time to get into enough trouble to need one.
Pretty bad. The kids like the attention of being on it but they also want to be successful. I agree with PPs about 10 of 240 will be on it at any one time.
Usually the targets are phrased positively. Eg "enter lessons calmly and quietly" or "complete the work set in lesson" or "be on time to all lessons".
The children aren't embarrassed by them, just mildly inconvieneced.
It depends what they do with regard tpntheir behaviour how "bad it is. If it works and they step into line it will all be forgotten very quickly.
It surprises me how ‘proud’ some are when put on this. Why?
For some reason these were really cool in my school and I remember desperately wanting one. There were levels too, the green was that you were on report to your tutor, the orange to your head of year and red was to the headteacher. I eventually did get on it and I was so good at getting all my teachers sign it I got taken off by the second day lol. I think it depends on the school. I'm in my late 20s and embarrassingly still remember this vividly.
Self defence I imagine, a bit like some kid's attitudes towards ASBOs. Either because seeming upset is not cool or 'hard', or because they are unable to stop engaging in the behaviours because of peer pressure or undiagnosed SEN and so pretend they are not bothered to try and protect their battered ego. I suspect very few students are genuinely proud.
I was on report quite a lot at school, but then I was a little turd. My dd1 would be mortified if she was put on one!
I think it depends on the school and how they use them. My school seemed to hand them out pretty freely, and both my brother and I were on them at various points (he wasn’t that bad, just a bit rude to teachers at times). I don’t know how often they hand them out at my dds school. Dd1 is super good and would never do anything to get herself on report. Dd2 has only been there a month, so hasn’t really had time to get in trouble yet.
Given the amount of kids who have been on them multiple times I would say no they dont work.
They're not the norm.
In a form group that I have for 5 years, I'd expect only 3/4 students to be on report over that time, though some of them may be on and off over the period.
In terms of whether they work, a lot depends what it goes hand in hand with.
A is a child with a lot of SEMH needs. They struggle with adult relationships and can be quick to fly off the handle. Behaviour report can allow the tutor to track where the issues are and the tutor can put in place mentoring, some coaching, arrange restorative discussions with relevant colleagues. The report still tracks the behaviour and holds them accountable but it's in a more holistic supportive framework.
B is a student who is a middle of the road nice child on their own, but can be disruptive and cocky. They're routinely talking over staff and seem to think they're hard and cool because they have mastered the higher than "low level disruption" (hate that term) but never quite go far enough to warrant major behaviour interventions. Reports tend not to work for this child because they're a nice child hit determined to be seen as cool and the big I am. They treat it as a badge of honour so the behaviour report will only really work in line with consistent sanctions and escalation as appropriate.
Overall, if my child was on behaviour report (assuming no established SEMH issues), I'd be really unimpressed as it means their behaviour is persistently rude and/or disruptive and they think rules don't apply to them.
Do they work
What works better is a system where parents are informed immediately about what is going on behaviour-wise together with a one-warning/ 2nd time sent to Learning Centre behaviour policy. Our school uses Class Charts for rewards and sanctions, which links to an app that parents and pupils can download and view.
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