When Channel Four picked Thornhill Community Academy to star in their ‘Educating Yorkshire’ reality TV series, they could not have known that the story to hit our screens would be as gripping, inspiring – and not to mention as heart wrenching – as it turned out to be.
As the series unfolded, so did the school’s many challenges. Thornhill Community Academy sits in one of the most deprived areas in the country. It was also once ranked in the bottom six per cent of schools nationally.
There has been an impressive turn around since that time and improving behaviour was critical in this process.
SIMS Behaviour Management went live at Thornhill 18 months ago and has made it easier to spot patterns and intervene quickly. The result has been a 10 per cent reduction in behaviour incidents between 2012 and 2013.
What’s more, as behaviour is closely linked to attendance, the introduction of SIMS Behaviour Management has meant that students’ attendance has improved too, with the number of persistent absentee students falling considerably in the last 12 months.
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