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 successful outcomes 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:

Item Points
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 (whether this is in school or at home working remotely).  If they do this they will be rewarded.

    Every two weeks students are awarded an effort score of 1 – 4 to allow the efforts of our students to be recognised on a regular basis.

    For Years 7-8, scores are awarded in English, maths and science. For Years 9-11, scores are awarded in all their subjects.

    What do we mean by outstanding effort?

    • Student’s work is completed to the best of their ability (including presentation) enabling them to meet the Gold Standard.
    • Behaviour is ALWAYS conducive to great learning with no instances of students failing to follow the Perfect Climate.


    Score of 1

    • 100% attendance in all lessons, and
    • Outstanding effort in class (including behaviour), and
    • Outstanding effort with homework (or remote learning).


    Score of 2

    • Only minor issues with any of the three points above.


    Score of 3

    • At times, effort in class (including behaviour) has required improvement, and/or
    • Effort with homework (or remote learning) requires improvement.


    Score of 4

    • Effort in class (including behaviour) is a cause for concern, and/or
    • No evidence that students have engaged in their remote learning tasks (this does not include homework set when students are in school).


    Score of 0 (which does not affect their average score)

    • The student has been absent from all lessons this fortnight, or
    • The student is unable to complete their remote learning due to illness.


    These scores are generated each fortnight and from that we publish our Praise List on our website and Facebook news feeds which features those students who have achieved an average effort score of 2 or better for their effort in lessons in school or at home on their remote learning.

  • 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 great things.

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.