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Improving behaviour and standards across a large secondary school.  

A secondary school in Bury has unlocked new ways to coach staff development and empower them to de-escalate situations, improving behaviour and standards across the school by changing their on-call and incident response processes to teamSOS

The Derby High School is a Comprehensive secondary in Bury, with a wide intake area and 940 students on roll. Student progress is above average locally and nationally, with average demographics and a Good Ofsted rating, the school was described as “harmonious” by Ofsted.

However as with all comprehensive schools, there are students from a wide range of backgrounds, students with specialist learning needs or who live in areas of deprivation. Dermot White is the Deputy Headteacher, responsible for Inclusion and Learning and believes that young peoples’ conduct are a form of communication.

Staff are encouraged to figure out what lies beneath behaviour and encourage students to communicate in better ways, avoiding confrontational situations whilst understanding individual backgrounds.

Before using teamSOS staff would use the help button in SIMS but it was never good enough for us and didn’t allow us to prioritise our responses. We knew there must be a better solution. Our previous systems didn’t have the features teamSOS has. We work hard to understand our behavioural climate and teamSOS has played a part in helping us return to the same patterns of behaviour pre-Covid.

Dermot White

Deputy Headteacher, Derby High School

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