The everyday challenges of reporting pastoral incidents are many and varied – and getting things back on track after the incident often requires a coordinated response to ensure the wellbeing of the learner and the success of their next class. So how do outstanding specialist colleges manage this process?
A review of recent inspection data for specialist colleges highlighted that, amongst other data management best practices, outstanding providers have robust processes in place for managing each learner’s ability to stay safe - including online. Whilst general health and safety practices are good in most colleges, outstanding colleges also focus on the psychological safety of each learner, enabling them to report and get support if they feel unsafe, bullied, harassed – or at risk of radicalisation or extremism.
Outstanding providers have thorough and traceable safeguarding processes in place to manage:
- bullying and/or harassment
- the Prevent Duty which tackles radicalisation and extremism
- safety online and/or cyber bullying
- risk assessments including health and safety and care plans
- student attendance
- recruitment procedures and/or vetted staff and
- child protection including abuse and exploitation
But in order to do this, they need a student information system to capture and analyse data that helps them understand their students better – not just their attendance, performance and learning/medical requirements, but their behaviour too.
"outstanding colleges also focus on the psychological safety of each learner, enabling them to report and get support if they feel unsafe, bullied, harassed"
A common denominator amongst these outstanding schools is technology that supports advanced Incident Reporting. Having an audit trail of the student’s activity and behaviour during the day means a wealth of data:
- to act on immediately to get student learning and well-being back on track,
- to analyse for trends and insights over each student’s journey to tailor their ILP,
- to identify changes in performance or behaviour that might be indicative of a safety issue/cause for concern and trigger countermeasures, and
- to measure progress continuously in order to proactively tailor provision and support.
" Better providers don’t just capture data, they analyse it and debate how and why some learners or groups of learners perform better than others. "
Better providers don’t just capture data, they analyse it and debate how and why some learners or groups of learners perform better than others. The best providers turn this data into actionable insights and information that supports their team to deliver the optimum learning experience, every day. Some, like Derwen College, take this a step further, and see the value of understanding, in detail, each and every member of staff as well as each learner.
Discover how you can improve your serious incident reporting process in our blog post 'Specialist colleges - how can you improve your serious incident reporting?'
If you’d like to know more about how Tribal can assist your specialist college to capture data on serious incidents, come and visit us at the NATSPEC conference on 24 - 25 April.