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Responsible Thinking Process

Responsible Thinking Process

The Responsible Thinking Process (RTP) – Discipline Programme

What is RTP?

Mr Edward Ford, a social worker based in Arizona, USA, developed In this programme, RTP in 1994 to help children behave responsibly. He believes that to do so, children have to be taught how to think responsibly. RTP is designed to teach students to learn how to achieve their personal goals/ needs without interfering with the goals of others.

RTP is based on a scientific theory of human behavior known as Perceptual Control Theory (PCT). PCT states that human beings are self-controlling rather than externally controlled. RTP believes that to address behaviour, one has to address the thinking. To do that, a teacher asks questions instead of telling the students what to do.


The principles of RTP are aligned with our school’s vision and mission to be a passionate learning community and to develop our students as women of integrity, and with our shared values of respect for all.

3Rs of  RTP –  Rules, Responsibility and Respect

In this programme,

  • Every student is responsible for her own behavior and is accountable for the choices she makes.
  • We believe that no one can change a student’s behavior unless the student sees the need to and chooses to do so.
  • RTP provides us with a systematic approach to help our students to work on their behavior in an atmosphere of care and respect.
  • RTP will be used when dealing
  • with disruptive students.


What is the Definition of Disruption?

RTP: Someone disrupts when they interrupt the learning of others and / or the teacher; also, when they create a safety hazard for themselves or others.

 Disruption to learning

  1. When a student prevents a lesson from being carried out, a teacher uses the RTP questions.
  1. She will find out what is important to the student and her decision whether to stay in class to learn or to leave the classroom.
  1. If the student chooses to stay in class to learn and commit to not disrupting the lesson anymore, she will be allowed to stay in class.
  1. Should the student choose not to obey the rules of the classroom, she will have to leave the classroom. She will be referred to a place known as the Responsible Reflection Room (R-Cube), which is situated on the first floor ( YellowBlock).
  1. Once referred, the student will have to negotiate her way back to the lesson. Please refer to the RTP Class Referral System.

The Responsible Reflection Room (R-Cube)

The R-Cube is a safe and quiet place where the staff is committed to assist to develop thinking and social skills so as to prevent or minimize the recurrence of incidents that have led to the referrels.

  1. When a student is referred for disrupting a lesson, the staff in the R-Cube will facilitate the student to develop a plan of how to prevent future disruptions to lessons.
  1. When the plan is ready, the student will make an appointment to discuss her plan with the referring teacher to negotiate her way back to the class.
  1. When the referring teacher accepts her plan, she will be allowed to resume the teacher’s lesson.

Please note that on a case by case basis, a student may be allowed to return for lessons as soon as she completes her plan and may discuss her plan with the referring teacher at a later date.

School-home collaboration

At SACSS, we believe that the student’s family is a valuable resource we can tap on. Our RTP team regularly convenes Student Support Team Meetings to discuss how we can collaboratively enhance the learning experiences of our students.

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