Long Close Introduces new Pastoral Tracking for Pupils

Looking after the emotional wellbeing of our pupils is paramount to Long Close teachers and we are delighted to be classed as ‘Outstanding’ in this area by the Independent Schools Inspectors (ISI). Next term we are strengthening our pastoral assessment framework with the introduction of a new tracking tool called AS Tracking.

We will begin the autumn term with the deployment of a pastoral assessment and tracker tool called AS (Affective Social) Tracker for children in Years 5, 6, 10 & 11. This pioneering tool is already used across UK independent schools to support the mental health of over 30,000 students from the age of 8 to 18. It elicits the ‘pupil voice’ to track social emotional development so that children are given the right academic support, at the right time, in the right way. An online assessment is completed by the pupil twice each academic year. The aim is to equip students with the skills to make wise decisions.

Why is Long Close introducing AS Tracking?

In some ways, Long Close is mirroring its academic tracking processes. We track each pupil’s academic development so we can proactively give children the right academic support, at the right time, in the right way.  AS Tracking will enable us to do the same for each pupil’s social-emotional development. It will enable us to identify pupils who would benefit from pastoral signposting earlier.

What does AS Tracking measure?

Unlike traditional self-reports that can sometimes ask invasive, even suggestive questions about social and mental health, AS Tracking’s questions are non-invasive, neutral and accessible. That’s because the AS Tracking assessment is not measuring explicit risks such as anxiety, self-harm, bullying, but biases in pupils thinking; we call them STEERING biases. Teachers are trained to understand how specific steering biases can be early indicators of future risks, even though they may not be visible in our observations. The assessment does not profile or box pupils. It tells us where your child is, not who they are, so we can be proactive and precise in our pastoral signposting. Find out more about AS Tracking from the parents page on the  STEER website .

Who will complete the assessment?

We are planning a phased implementation across our schools years. During our launch year, pupils in Year 5, 6, 10 and 11 will be completing the assessment. Over time, we anticipate tracking all pupils in our school.

What will the assessment involve?

Pupils will be introduced to AS Tracking a week before completing the assessment. They will watch a short animation Adolescence – we’ll help you steer it , find out why, when and how they are doing the assessment,  and how they will benefit. Pupils will have opportunity to have any questions answered. The assessment is completed online and will take about 15-25 minutes. AS tracking assessment will take place at the beginning of November.

Will we see our child’s data?

AS Tracking is a professional tool to inform educational pastoral practice. Our teachers have had significant training to understand how to interpret pupils’ data; the data itself would be difficult for parents to interpret.  Teachers will use the insights from the data to inform their conversations with parents, so that together they can proactively and precisely guide and signpost children.

Are there resources to support parents?

If you’d like to explore how you can guide your child through Family Signposts, take a look at the www.steeringparents.org.

 

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