Rewards & Praise
We understand that in order to help every person achieve things they never thought they could we need to make people feel good about themselves. Being positive with people and encouraging them builds confidence, reduces the fear of failure and develops resilience. If we are to give every person the best chance of achieving things they never thought they could we all need to take responsibility to encourage each other and give praise and rewards when they are deserved or earned. This responsibility lies with students, teachers and parents.
At Little Lever students earn achievement points when they help themselves and others achieve things they never thought they could. Every student has the opportunity to earn achievement points every day. We award achievement points to students who do the simple things well. Students can earn achievement points for the following:
|Edge Tutor Bronze||1|
|Attended the Nightclub until 4pm||2|
|Great answer/response in a lesson||2|
|Great question in a lesson||2|
|An act of kindness||2|
|Using the word of the week effectively||2|
|Edge Tutor Silver||2|
|Edge Tutor Gold||3|
|Excellent effort in Low Stakes Quiz||3|
|Great team work||3|
|Demonstrating Excellent Communication||3|
|Demonstrating Excellent Initiative||3|
|Demonstrating Excellent Resilience||3|
|Demonstrating Excellent Organisation||3|
|Demonstrating Excellent Leadership||3|
|Excellent effort in Step Assessment||5|
|Year 11 Praise List||5|
|Star Player in the Lesson||5|
|Excellent effort to reach or try to reach the Gold Standard||5|
|An Excellent piece of classwork||5|
|97% Attendance over a term||5|
|House Star Player||10|
|BRONZE Step Progress Badge||10|
|Outstanding contribution to house activities||10|
|Outstanding contribution to school life||10|
|BRONZE 100% attendance over a term||10|
|SILVER Step Progress Badge||15|
|SILVER 100% attendance over 2 terms||20|
|GOLD Step Progress Badge||20|
|Half Term Effort Reward Badge||20|
|The Edge Apprentice Level||25|
|GOLD 100% attendance for the year||50|
|The Edge Graduate Level||50|
Towards the end of each term we give reward badges and bonus points to students under three main areas:
- 1. Attendance
Those students whose attendance is 100% for 1 full term (Autumn, Spring or Summer) receive a BRONZE 100% attendance award badge and 10 achievement points
Those students whose attendance is 97% or above for 1 full term (Autumn, Spring or Summer) receive 5 achievement points
Those students whose attendance is 100% for 2 full terms receive a SILVER 100% attendance award badge and 20 achievement points
Those students whose attendance is 100% for 3 full terms receive a GOLD 100% attendance award badge and 50 achievement points
Attendance for these purposes will be calculated each term to give every student the opportunity to reach 100% (or 97%) in a term. i.e. if you don’t reach 100% in term 1 you can still do it in term 2.
- 2. Effort
Similar to attendance this is something every student can do and improve. All we ask is that every student puts in maximum effort in every lesson every day. If they do this they will be rewarded. While there are achievement points students can earn each day for effort this reward is for those students who consistently put in maximum effort across a range of subjects over a half term (Autumn Term 1, Autumn Term 2, Spring Term 1, Spring Term 2, Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2).
Each student is given a score between 1 and 4 for their effort in each subject they study. The average effort score is then calculated.
1 = Outstanding
3 = Needs to improve
4 = Cause for concern
Those students with an average effort score of 2 or below will receive an Effort Reward Badge and 20 achievement points. This process is repeated every half term. If a student has an effort score of 4 in any subject regardless of whether their average is below 2 they will not qualify for an Effort Reward Badge and the achievement points.
- 3. Evidence (Step Progress)
Every student in school has been set a personalised Step Target for every subject they study. If they achieve this target they will have achieved the same grade as the top 20% of the country for students with the same KS2 (what they achieved at primary school) starting point as them. This is known as Step 1. We have 4 steps in total:
Step 1 = Top 20%
Step 2 = Top 35%
Step 3 = Top 50%
Step 4 = Below the Top 50%
Students are rewarded for the Steps they move up in each subject every term (Autumn, Spring, Summer). This means if a student is predicted to achieve Step 4 (below the top 50%) by the time they leave Little Lever they have an opportunity to do something about this. The Predictions teachers make will be based on students’ attendance, effort and the EVIDENCE they produce in their exercise books and Step Assessments to show they can work at the level we expect them to. This means students can change their predictions by improving their attendance, effort and the classwork and assessments they take part in. We believe all our students can reach and exceed Step 1 – the Top 20%, but we understand it may take time to get there and therefore students are rewarded for the ‘steps’ they take to get there.
Students will be rewarded 1 point for every step they move up in each subject each term e.g. if they improve by 1 step in all 10 subjects they study they will achieve 10 points. However, if they improve by 1 Step in 5 subjects and go down by 1 Step in 5 subjects they will achieve 0 points as the Step improvement is cancelled out by the subjects where the students went down a Step.
Students will receive a BRONZE, SILVER or GOLD Step Progress badge based on the total number of step grades they have moved up in across all their subjects.
GOLD Badge = moved up 5 or more step grades and students will receive 20 achievement points
SILVER Badge = moved up 4 step grades and students will receive 15 achievement points
BRONZE Badge = moved up 3 step grades and students will receive 10 achievement points
What happens when students earn 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!
By using our SIMS parent app 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 things they never thought they could!
At the end of each half term, term and at the end of the year students who earn a certain number of achievement points will qualify for additional rewards. These rewards will be decided in consultation with students and can be a range of different things. These rewards may be personalised for different year groups and different students.
We will communicate the achievement points total needed to gain these additional rewards at the start of the half term or term.