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What evidence should schools use when auditing behaviour? This article includes KeyDoc templates for gathering evidence during a behaviour audit and for reporting findings. One of our experts suggests factors to consider when auditing behaviour and we include examples of audits from schools.

Behaviour audit KeyDocs

We spoke to one of our associate education experts, John Dunne, about how schools can audit pupil behaviour. John said the most informative evidence for auditing behaviour will come from three main sources. These are:

  • Asking pupils
  • Analysing data from the school's behaviour monitoring systems/logs
  • Daily, direct observations of behaviour from classrooms, corridors and yards

Gathering evidence: KeyDoc templates

We worked with John to create KeyDoc templates with questions to ask or consider for each source of evidence listed above.

KeyDoc: behaviour audit - evidence from pupils

KeyDoc: behaviour audit - evidence from monitoring systems and logs

KeyDoc: behaviour audit - evidence from daily observations

Verifying evidence

He warned against placing too much value on one type of evidence. For example, some teachers may record less serious incidents on

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