THE LITTLE LEVER WAY

OUR PRAISE CULTURE

People are motivated by the positive far more than the negative.  Seeking success and happiness will spur stronger action than seeking to avoid punishment.  Psychological studies repeatedly show that people are far more likely to be spurred to action by a vision of a positive outcome than they are by avoiding a negative one.  We place a great sense of importance on the use of praise and rewards.

Every student has the opportunity to earn achievement points every day.

Students earn achievement points for upholding the values of Being Kind, Working Hard and Taking Responsibility as well as demonstrating the Little Lever Habits.

Daily Rewards

Each day in PREP time public praise is given to each form group based on the total achievement points the form earned the previous day.  This promotes a sense of family, belonging and teamwork.  There is also public recognition for individual students who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate our values and habits each day. Here are all the achievement points categories every student is able receive on a daily basis:

  • Take Responsibility: Reading Routes: Always on it – 1pt
  • Take Responsibility: Reading Routes: Busted Reading – 1pt

  • Work Hard: Great answer/response in a lesson – 2pts
  • Work Hard: Great question in a lesson – 2pts

  • Be Kind: Helped a member of our team – 3pts
  • Be Kind: Played by the rules so everyone benefitted – 3pts
  • Be Kind: Random act of kindness – 3pts
  • Be Kind: Was respectful, polite and courteous – 3pts
  • Work Hard: Excellent effort and engagement in the lesson – 3pts
  • Work Hard: Did what it takes for as long as it takes – 3pts
  • Work Hard: Never gave up – 3pts
  • Work Hard: Persevered with the hardest work – 3pts
  • Work Hard: Remained positive in the face of adversity – 3pts
  • Take Responsibility: Uniform, Equipment & Planner – 3pts
  • Take Responsibility: Excellent effort in Low Stakes Quiz – 3pts
  • Take Responsibility: Hard the courage to do the right thing – 3pts
  • Take Responsibility: Reading Routes: On a Good Route – 3pts
  • Take Responsibility: Great teamwork – 3pts
  • Take Responsibility: Demonstrating Excellent Communication – 3pts
  • Take Responsibility: Demonstrating Excellent Initiative – 3pts
  • Take Responsibility: Demonstrating Excellent Resilience – 3pts
  • Take Responsibility: Demonstrating Excellent Organisation – 3pts
  • Take Responsibility: Demonstrating Excellent Leadership – 3pts
  • Take Responsibility: Magic 15 (100% weekly attendance)– 3pts

  • Be Kind: Kindness Award nomination – 5pts
  • Be Kind: Excellent Corridor Climate Conduct – 5pts
  • Work Hard: Praise Wall – 5pts
  • Work Hard: Excellent effort in Step Assessment – 5pts
  • Work Hard: Star Player in the Lesson – 5pts
  • Work Hard: Excellent effort towards the Gold Standard – 5pts
  • Work Hard: An excellent piece of classwork – 5pts
  • Take Responsibility: Excellent effort in Nightclub – 5pts
  • Take Responsibility: Excellent effort in All-Inclusive – 5pts
  • Take Responsibility: Excellent effort in Lesson 0/4 – 5pts

  • Be Kind: Charity Fundraising Star – 10pts
  • Be Kind: Helping a fellow student – 10pts
  • Work Hard: House Star Player – 10pts
  • Work Hard: Progress Stars – 10pts and badge
  • Take Responsibility: Reading Routes: Epic Voyager – 10pts
  • Take Responsibility: 100% attendance over a term – 10pts and badge

  • Work Hard: Praise List – 20pts and entry into Prize Draw for £10 Amazon voucher
  • Work Hard: Gold Award – 25pts and badge
  • Take Responsibility: 100% attendance over 2 terms – 20pts and badge
  • Take Responsibility: The Edge Apprentice Level – 25pts and certificate
  • Take Responsibility: Headteachers’ Award – 25pts, badge and certificate

  • Take Responsibility: GOLD 100% attendance for the year – 50pts and badge
  • Take Responsibility: The Edge Graduate Level – 50pts and certificate

  • Work Hard: Rewards Points Champion – badge

Weekly, Half Termly and Termly Awards

The recipients of these awards will be shared publicly in school, on our website and social media news feeds. They represent outstanding contributions students have made to our values of Be Kind, Work Hard and Take Responsibility.

Be Kind

Kindness Awards: staff nominate students who go above and beyond in demonstrating acts of kindness both in and out of school.

Charity Fundraising Stars: students who go above and beyond in charity work both in-school and in the community.


Work Hard

Praise List: recognising students who have worked hard in lessons, completed their retrieval practice and successfully managed their own behaviour each fortnight.

  • How do students make the Praise List?

    Students who work hard in every lesson, every day, complete their retrieval practice (homework) and successfully manage their behaviour by not being given a Correction will make the Praise List.

    Every two weeks students are awarded a work hard score of 1 – 4 by each of their teachers. (For Years 7-8, scores are awarded in English, maths and science. For Years 9-11, scores are awarded in all their subjects.)

    1 = We couldn’t ask any more of these students. Their class work and retrieval practice is always completed to the best of their ability. No Corrections issued.

    2 = Whilst there is a little room for improvement, students will make good progress if they continue to work hard and complete their retrieval practice in this way. No Corrections issued.

    3 = There are concerns with how hard a student is working. A Correction may have been issued. There has been at least one instance where their retrieval practice has not been completed.

    4 = There are serious concerns about how hard a student is working which means they will be making limited progress. Multiple Corrections may have been issued. Retrieval practice is not being completed. 

    Students who achieve an average work hard score of 2 or better will make the Praise List.

    If a single score of a 3 or 4 is awarded in any subject then that student will not be make the Praise List that fortnight.

Gold Awards: students who appear on every Praise List each half term.

Reward Points Champions: students who achieve a net 250 points each half term.


Take Responsibility

Progress Stars: improvements in all aspects of school life – step targets progress, attendance, habits, etc.

Magic 15: attending every session every day (3 sessions) for the whole week (15 sessions).

How can parents/carers find out about their child’s achievement points?

One of the biggest motivating factors for a student is praise from their teachers but most importantly from their parents or carers. It is what young people value the most!

SIMS Parent App

By using our SIMS parent app (link above) you will be able to see the achievement points your child earns each day and the reason for this. A simple conversation to say ‘well done’ can have an enormous impact in encouraging students to keep working hard, keep putting in maximum effort and making them feel a sense of pride and satisfaction at what they have achieved! It can be the catalyst for them to go on and achieve great things.