Category:Behaviour

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Behaviour


PARS has a fully integrated behaviour system, with many features to work with your behaviour policy at school. The features are described in brief below, with a link to a wiki page that goes into more detail about each feature. Each link that you can click is coloured and emboldened like this (you can't click on this one).

PARS also has a full Detention system and On report facility, which are not described on this page. Follow the links to be taken to the respective categories. Some pages relating to detentions or on report can be found in the index at the bottom of this page.

Usage

Adding behaviour incidents

Taking registers and recording behaviour incidents at the most commonly used areas of PARS. Behaviour incidents can added via the main menu, via registers and various other ways. When you want to add a behaviour incident, a window will open allowing you to enter the details of the incident. Regardless of how you get to this window, it will always work the same way. Go to the add a behaviour incident page for guidance on this. Behaviour incidents can also be referred to other members of staff if you want them to deal with the incident - this is done at the same time as adding the behaviour incident.

Editing and deleting behaviour incidents

Existing behaviour incidents can be edited or deleted if needs be. This is done via the edit behaviour incidents page.

Referring behaviour incidents to other members of staff

You can pass a behaviour incident to another member of staff when you add a behaviour incident. This is called a behaviour referral. You may need to have your referral list configured first (see "Who can behaviour incidents be escalated to?", below).

Receiving behaviour referrals

If any behaviour incidents have been referred to you, you can access and deal with them via the collect behaviour referrals page. You can also access your behaviour referrals via the notices section on the homepage.

House points

Behaviour incidents can also be added to houses if your school uses house groups for pupils. Go to the house points page for instructions about using behaviour with houses.

Reporting on behaviour

Behaviour can be monitored and tracked in various different ways. There are a large number of pre-configured behaviour reports in PARS that you can use to view different aspects of behaviour within school.

If you find that the pre-configured behaviour reports do not meet your needs, you can also create custom behaviour reports.

You can also use the heat map page to see images displaying behaviour in locations around the school.

Notifying parents via email, sms or letter

The edit behaviour incidents page can be used to select behaviour incidents and then send messages home to parents regarding those incidents. You can filter the list of incidents so that you only notify parents of certain grounds or outcomes e.g. "postcard home".

Printing behaviour certificates

Our technicians will create customised documents for you that work with your PARS & SIMS data. These could be reports for parents (i.e. End of Term progress reports) or for pupils, such as behaviour certificates. If a behaviour certificate has been designed for you and imported into the PARS, then you can go to review periods to print.

Configuration

Behaviour is one of the largest areas of PARS, so the configuration section of this category has been broken into groups, basic configuration, communicating about behaviour, and automatic behaviours. See the sections below for details.

Global settings regarding behaviour

A number of global settings for behaviour can be found in the behaviour preferences page, including SIMS writeback, which copies behaviour incidents from PARS to SIMS. Go to this page for a list of the available options.

Basic configuration

If you are configuring behaviour in PARS for the first time, then you will need to create Grounds and Outcomes. These are the equivalent of Types and Outcomes in SIMS.

When adding a behaviour incident, a ground is what the pupil has done, and the outcome is what the staff member is going to do about it.

The configure behaviour page covers the basic setup that you will need to do in order for staff to begin adding behaviour incidents.

Behaviour writing back to SIMS

If you want behaviour incidents to write back to SIMS, you need to activate the SIMS link options in behaviour preferences page. There are various global preferences on that page which apply to all users.

You should also make sure that all of the grounds and outcomes in PARS exist in SIMS as Types and Outcomes. This can be done via the synchronise setup with SIMS page.

Communicating about behaviour - alerts and referrals

PARS can be used to notify staff of behaviour within the school. There are two methods for doing this, behaviour alerts and behaviour referrals.

Who can behaviour incidents be referred to?

When a staff member records a behaviour incident, they can choose to refer it to another member of staff. This should only be done when the staff member who recorded the incident wants further action to be taken with it. The referral list (the list of people that staff can refer behaviour incidents to) is configured using the behaviour referrals page.
For example: a pupil has produced a fantastic piece of class work. The staff member who records this behaviour incident can only use the outcomes "verbal praise" or a "bronze certificate" (outcomes can be restricted, so that senior staff have access to higher magnitude outcomes). The staff member might refer this to the Head of Year, as they feel it deserves a Gold Certificate, which can only be issued by SLT.

Automatic behaviour alerts

Behaviour alerts are used to inform staff of behaviour issues within the school, where the staff are not expected to take further action within PARS. This might be to alert the form tutor is a pupil in their form group has received 5 or more positive incidents this week. Go to the configure alerts page if you wish to set these up.

Emergency help requests

There is a feature in PARS called an Assistance Request, which allows staff to send a message asking for immediate help. Sending an assistance request requires only two clicks from any page in PARS, but a recipient group must be created in advance. Go to the notice recipient group section of the group manager page to set this up.

Automatic behaviour points

Rule based behaviours will issue automatic behaviour incidents when pupils hit certain criteria e.g. 100% attendance in a half term, or 0 negative incidents in a week. This is a fantastic way of fairly and consistently rewarding pupils who do the right thing.

When looking at a "behaviour league table" (to see which pupils have the most positive behaviour points) many schools find that the best behaved pupils sit at the top of the table, closely followed by the worst behaved pupils. Many more pupils who rarely do anything wrong and quietly get on with their work (sometimes known as "unseen pupils" or "greys") sit at the bottom of the table as they are not frequently rewarded. Rule based behaviours are a great and effective way to deal with this.

Importing templates used for emailing behaviour referrals

Behaviour information can also be sent via email, to either staff or parents. In order to do this, you will need to use a behaviour slip, which defines what information is shown in the email and how it looks. Behaviour slips can be created for you by our technicians (free of charge) and can be imported via the slip designer page.

Importing designs for behaviour slips or certificates

As with behaviour slips, our programmers will produce behaviour certificates for you free of charge, which can be printed and given to pupils or sent home to parents. Once you have received the design from our programmers, you can import it so that it is ready to use via the slip designer page. See customised reports for examples of the documents we have produced for other schools.

Importing classrooms and other locations into PARS

You should then go to the configure locations page. This allows you to import the list of classrooms from SIMS, and add any extra locations that are required.

Creating extra periods during the day (before school, lunch time, etc.)

Next go to configure events. Events are times of the day - PARS will automatically import the periods of the day from SIMS e.g. AM, P1, P2, etc. However you may wish to add extra events, such as "Before school", "After school", "Break time" and "Lunch time".

Frequently asked questions

This is a list of frequently asked questions relating to attendance. For the answers to any of these questions, please go to the behaviour FAQ.

  • There are pupils with no name on menus, registers, etc.
  • Detentions, extra classes or on report groups are not working this year but did work last year
  • Set up heads of subjects for behaviour referrals and grade analyses
  • How do I reset all behaviour points back to zero?
  • Detentions show my name, instead of the name of the person who gave the behaviour incident
  • When trying to run rule based behaviours, I see a message saying "A generation process is already underway"
  • I see a message about "Validation errors" when adding behaviour incidents

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