As you’ll know from my series of blogs on the SIMS Homepage, you can personalise your Homepage so that the information you’re specifically interested in is available instantly on your screen.
Independent schools tend to have an excellent reputation for exemplary behaviour, but I’m aware, from my chats with independent schools, that many of you still find the facility of detentions useful, whether as a deterrent or as a way of reminding a pupil that their behaviour needs improving.
In this blog I’ll explain how you can make use of the detention widget which you can set up on your SIMS Homepage.
The full picture of detentions by your chosen category/listing
The detentions widget is a quick and easy way of viewing a list of detentions, whether relating to a particular class or teacher (perhaps if you wanted to view just those detentions you’ve issued), a particular detention session or an overall view of detentions given in the school.
The list shows the date, time, location and teacher involved and, depending on your settings, you can also see the detentions by date – for example, today’s detentions, this week’s detentions, detentions over a fortnight and so on.
How this helps
With the detentions widget you can…
- quickly add a detention
- add any comments
- add any comments to a future detention (if required)
- see which pupils are involved in the detention and for what reason
- take the register for the detention session
- review/add the activities or work during the detention
- if your school uses SIMS InTouch you can also email the pupil’s parents, housemaster, form tutor and so on…all directly from within SIMS
- alternatively you can generate a letter in advance in SIMS regarding the detention (if appropriate)
Senior leadership team – a complete picture of detentions issued at your school which you can sort according to the timeframe/year group that you’re interested in.
Registration tutor and housemaster – see early where patterns might be emerging with particular pupils earning an unusual amount of detentions so that you can take action. You also have a complete list of those pupils due for any detention sessions which you’re supervising.
Teachers – a quick and easy record showing who you’ve issued detentions to and whether these are outstanding. When you issue detentions, you can add these directly from your homepage using the widget. The detention widget is also particularly useful if you’re supervising a detention session, so you can quickly see which pupils are due to attend the session and for what reason.