A Leeds-based teacher has created an interactive whiteboard app to help a local primary school innovate its classroom behaviour.
Former teacher and special educational needs support worker, Oliver Brandon-Davies, has teamed up with Little London Community Primary School to successfully trial his interactive technology, Trackit Lights.
Oliver, who has worked in teaching for six years, created the pioneering whiteboard app with the goal to help schools reduce disruption to learning by up to 50 per cent, meet Ofsted requirements and cut the average school’s behaviour admin down from 20 hours a week to 1 hour a week.
Trackit Lights, dubbed the “free behaviour boosting teaching tool”, has been fundamental in improving pupil behaviour in every classroom across Little London Primary School for the last nine months. It has now been released for other schools across the country to use.
In just a few weeks, hundreds of teachers nationwide have downloaded the app, taking the education sector by storm.
Oliver Brandon Davies said: “Our vision was to take the pain out of behaviour management for staff and pupils. We wanted to make an app that is fun and engaging for the pupils whilst providing teachers with a really effective tool”.
In the largest study of its kind, Ofsted estimated that up to an hour of learning could be lost a day due to low level behaviour with two thirds of teachers saying that it is a major problem.
Headteacher Jill Wood said: “We’ve always been proud of our high standards in behaviour management, and working with Trackit Lights has been a great opportunity to explore how current technology can be used to enhance what we do.
“At last we have access to an easy to use, very visual tool which helps children take ownership of their own behaviour. Our staff love it, our children have better self-regulation and everyone is smiling.”
The software is based on the commonly used traffic lights wall chart where pupil’s names start in green and are moved to amber then red as a visual warning.
Mr Brandon added: “Low level behaviour, like talking and swinging on chairs, is proven to be the most disruptive but schools can’t log every incident because it takes too long. We’ve just made a standard behaviour wall chart digital, so it is more engaging for the pupils and it automatically logs everything, giving senior management a deeper insight into behaviour than any other method.”
Oliver now has plans to roll the app out to 2000 schools across the country.