Mission:

The Behaviour Analysis In Schools SIG aims to be a group that promotes the development of high standards of practise in the application of behaviour analytic principles in schools in the UK.  Our mission includes:

  • Promoting a network for professionals and practitioners in both behaviour analysis and school settings
  • Promoting knowledge and understanding of behaviour analytic approaches within all school contexts (i.e., both mainstream settings and those supporting learners with additional needs)
  • Supporting existing and emerging schools and units to include behaviour analytic practices (e.g., Functional Behaviour Assessments, School Wide Positive Behaviour Support, Precision Teaching, and classroom management strategies)
  • Promoting and generating new research within school settings
  • Contributing to the development of standards for behaviour analytic service delivery and accreditation within schools

Our mission links directly with the mission and objectives of UK-SBA across four key domains:

  • Promoting the recognition of behaviour analysis as a scientific approach in all school settings
  • Contributing to the development of standards in education, training and experience in the principles, practice and skills of behaviour analysts
  • Communicating and sharing information about behaviour analysis to other educational providers
  • Promoting and generating new research

Specific Aims:

We facilitate four meetings per year with SIG members alongside a free CEU event. Members put forward ideas around key topics of interest to support both practitioners and school settings. The meetings are then separated out for Heads of Schools and practitioners.

The Vision

The primary vision of the Behaviour Analysis In Schools SIG is to expand our network of professionals working in the field of behaviour analysis across a range of education settings. As such, the SIG aims to promote best practice and outcomes for children and young people in education settings in receipt of behaviour analytic services.

For more information:

Please contact the Chairs of the BA In Schools SIG, Emma Hawkins and Victoria Markham:

[email protected]

 

Latest Meeting Minutes:

Date of Meeting: Tuesday 22 November 2022

Venue: Microsoft Teams

Heads of Services Meeting

Attendance:  Seven different services were represented in the meeting.  11 professionals attended the meeting.

Discussions:

  1. The meeting was co-chaired by Emma Hawkins, Director of Education at Jigsaw School, and Vicki Markham, Lecturer at the University of South Wales.
  2. Announcement was made regarding the need for attendees to be members of UK-SBA. An email will be sent out to the distribution list in the New Year asking everyone to respond to state their desire to remain in the SIG and their membership of UK-SBA.
  3. Term of office of co-chairs agreed: September 2022-July 2025 (3 academic years).
  4. Facebook page (closed group) will be relaunched in the New Year. Facebook group can be used to share resources across different education settings.
  5. Discussed difficulties around the recruitment and retention of staff which is problematic across all settings. Discussed pros and cons of flexible working hours, reduced staffing ratios, increasing salaries, offering research opportunities alongside teaching roles. Discussed different reasons for staff leaving, many are for personal reasons.
  6. Discussed difficulties around providing ongoing supervision to staff with the RBT qualification. Awaiting announcement from UK-SBA regarding UK equivalent qualification. Supervision to maintain this qualification to be discussed further with the Board.
  7. Brief discussion around Step by Step School’s recent Ofsted inspection.

Practitioners Meeting:

Attendance:  Six different services were represented in the meeting.  16 professionals attended the meeting.

Discussions:

  1. The meeting was co-chaired by Emma Hawkins, Director of Education at Jigsaw School, and Vicki Markham, Lecturer at the University of South Wales and the same announcements were made about membership, term of office of chairs and the facebook page.
  2. Jayne Lobley (DSL Jigsaw School) presented the CEU event in October on contextually inappropriate sexual behaviours. A brief summary of this presentation was provided & feedback was sought from other providers. Discussed ‘So Safe’ training (provided by PECS) and resources provided by the NSPCC (Pantosaurus).
  3. Discussed work experience opportunities for Sixth Formers. Discussed difficulties for some settings if there is cohort is small. It is also challenging to ensure the staffing levels support going into the community. Some settings have increased their work experience and work-related learning opportunities on-site. Discussed the importance of focusing on these important life skills.
  4. Discussed teaching phonics. Twinkl phonics was recommended. Discussed linking reading to communication. Discussed ensuring all pupils have access to stories and all to have opportunity to enjoy having stories read to them. Discussed ‘read and do.’
  5. Brief discussion around Step by Step School’s recent Ofsted inspection.

Next meeting:

Tuesday 7 February 2023 1.30-2.30pm (Heads of Services) and 2.30-3.30pm (Practitioners) followed by a CEU event presented by Konstantinos Rizos (Forest Bridge School) 3.45-4.45pm.

 

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