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Responsible Thinking Programme (RTP) is an American programme started by Edward Ford. RTP is a stern yet gentle and respectful classroom management system for disruptive children. This has been the tone of the school since 2003. Here, the individual realises his/her own abilities and learns to cope in life through reflection.
Included in RTP, YCKSS has a system for early identification of Mental Health issues. Without which, these issues would have been difficult to surface earlier. Basically, RTP complements counselling where the well-being of students is looked into.
RTP is based on the 3-R’s:
- Rules [Classroom Rules]
- Respect [Cultivating mutual respect with teacher]
- Responsibility [Student takes responsibility for his/ her actions]
In our school, all teachers follow the One Classroom Rule
'Every teacher has a right to teach and every student has a right to learn'.
Step 1: Referral
Should a student disrupt a lesson, the teacher goes through a set of 3-RTP questions to warn the student of his disruptive action. If the student persists in disrupting the lesson on the same day, the teacher will refer the student to the Responsible Thinking Centre [RTC]. The student stays out only for the lesson he disrupted. Students are taught NOT to violate the learning rights of other students in a classroom.
Step 2: Reflection through Plan Making
The student works on an attainable plan focusing on their disruptive acts in the classroom.
Step 3: Building Bridges through Negotiation
A student can only go back to that particular lesson after that student negotiates with the teacher. This is a process where the counsellor, teacher and student discuss the plan and speak openly on any hindering problems that could affect classroom behaviour.
Negotiation is a platform for students to air their views on what happened. They are guided in their speech and mannerisms by the counsellor to present themselves before the teacher.
Parents are also informed of the incident if the student is referred to the RTC a second time.
The central ingredient for success in an adolescent is to listen with an open mind and being non-judgemental.
School InterventionIf a student is frequently referred to the RTC, his or her parents are invited to school for an on-board discussion during the counsellor’s working hours. All discussions are in the presence of the student. This is for the student to be aware of the situation and to take charge of the situation.
We @ YCKSS believe without reservation:
The Counselling framework in YCKSS is strong.
The school has 2 Full Time School Counsellors –
Ms Vaneta Rossvan, Ms Tan Xin Ying & 4 Resident Counsellor (These are teachers trained in counselling and helping daily.)
Teacher Counsellors do the first level of counselling. If the problem persists they are referred to the Full Time School Counsellors.
Students can choose a Counsellor they are familiar with or relate to. Students can walk in to make an appointment to see a counsellor.
RTP & Counselling operating hours: 6.40 am to 5.30 pm