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R Time Evaluation

R time Evaluation

Evaluation of R time work undertaken in four elementary schools for Derby City in the U.K.

The work was sponsored and supported by Derby City Education Authority through a program entitled “Targeted Mental Health in Schools” (TaMHS). The primary program, R time, was used in this work.

The project involved initial input by Pete Harvey, Senior R time Consultant, followed by 3 month’s work by classroom teachers.

The evaluation was undertaken entirely independently by Arwen Green who heads the TaMHS team.

A summary of the main findings are as follows:

  • 81% of children in 3 schools show a more positive attitude as a result of R time.

  • Teachers reported 50% fewer arguments for them to sort out.

  • 79% of children show greater respect towards each other, with 21% showing the same level of respect.

  • 86% of children demonstrate good manners more frequently now.

  • 60% of children who have been exposed to the principles of R time and frequently use each other’s names in lessons when compared with those who have not followed an R time program.

  • 64% use eye contact and appropriate body language when talking to each other.

  • 52% of children frequently and openly encourage each other by name.

  • 76% of children are comfortable working in random pairs rather than choosing who they wish to work with.

  • 62% of children are more comfortable working in groups where sharing is expected.

  • 60% of children are now more confident to contribute to a class discussion.

  • 48% of children behave better as a result of R time.

  • 62% less children are left out of friendship groups as a result of R time.

Summary of pupil’s feedback.

  • "R time is about caring for each other, always trying our best, using good manners and enjoying learning."

  • "R time is when you work with someone you don't choose, and show them respect and good manners. You use their name and get along with each other and are kind."

  • "R time is about having fun, not who is your partner."

  • "I thought working with girls would be silly but after regularly doing it, it was fun!"

  • "R time brings out the best in you."

  • "All the skills we learn in R time are for everyday life."

Teacher and children

Summary of Teacher’s feedback

  • "The children are more confidant and more able to discuss issues and disputes calmly."

  • "Using good manners has become instinctive."

  • "R time always makes me feel like a huge "bringing the class together" session."

  • "It's a pool of calm in a busy day."

  • "I can refer to the R time rules and expectations at any time of the day. R time supports my behavior management."

  • "Children have much more respect for each other and are calmer."

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