Support Planner:  Alternatives


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There are alternatives

As the Tasmanian Department of Education moves towards incorporating student support functionality into StIMS it will consider a range of software packages that may have something to offer. As such packages become known they will be described and linked from this site.

1. School Wide Information System (SWIS™)

SWIS™ is a web-based software system for collecting and summarizing office discipline referrals in schools (direct quote from the SWIS website).  It processes and reports on behaviour incidents by type time and location. It is a tool for the school's Behaviour Management Team to track incidents, that is, it is incident driven. Monitoring is largely limited to ongoing incident tracking.
Advantages of SWIS™ (functionality not found in the Planner at this stage) are
  • it provides web-based access to the data and reports
  • its produces graphs of incident types by place and time.

 Note: monitoring behaviour using SWIS™ is very similar to using Time and Place in the Planner


What SWIS™ doesn't do

On the other hand SWIS™ lacks any direct capacity to manage some important information including

  • Student history
  • Alerts
  • Performance/Needs ratings
  • Goal
  • Support Actions
  • Agreements
  • Time table
  • Contacts
  • ISPs - Individual Support Plans
  • and the full range Observations (except for conduct cards)


SWIS™ is heavily hard wired (most options are pre-set) which makes data entry easy and consistent but also limited.  It is very behaviour/discipline oriented. While giving a good account of 'problem behaviour' it makes only modest contributions to inschool conversations and the capacity of participants to manage their own activity.  Its make limited (and often negative) contributions to conversations between key  stakeholders (staff students & families); the development of action plans; nor to school accountability.


Cost is typically a modest $US200 per year per school.

2. Peacekeeper

PeaceKeeper™  is an Australian product with functionality and limitations similar to SWIS but operates on the school network (like the current version of the Planner) rather than being web-based. It claims to be the only application of its kind.


One interesting feature (not found in the Planner at this stage) is its capacity to automatically email alerts to the Principal when a student has been involved in certain number of incidents. Schools can establish their own codes and categories.


Cost $A2500.

3. StIMS - Student Information Management System (DoE)

StIMS is the replacement for SACS and is currently under development by the DoE  -  for more DoE information click here. It is intended for implementation across all Tasmanian schools and colleges in Term 3 2007. 


PeaceKeeper™ is probably too expensive for most schools


SWIS™ is a very useful, well-priced simple system for tracking problem behaviour. It can be implemented across the system right now (it is web-based and hosted online by the developers)


The Planner has far greater  functionality than either SWIS™ or PeaceKeeper™ because it enables schools to

  • know what is happening
  • work with others to improve what is happening, and to,
  • make it easier for the next person to do well


When fully developed StIMS is likely to include the current proven functionality of the Planner and more! Learning from the Planner continues. At this early stage there is some uncertainty about the timeline by which this will be achieved. Click here  for more on StIMS and the Planner .




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